Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Video: Blue plaque unveiled for Colchester painter

09:25 22 May 2014

David Daniell and Pam Thompson, surrounded by friends, family and the owners of the home at on East Hill, unveil a blue plaque to acknowledge Colchester artist and portrait painter Frank Daniell on Tuesday, 20 May.
will be unveiled on Tuesday 20th May at 12.30. Location: 8 East Hill, Colchester.

David Daniell and Pam Thompson, surrounded by friends, family and the owners of the home at on East Hill, unveil a blue plaque to acknowledge Colchester artist and portrait painter Frank Daniell on Tuesday, 20 May. will be unveiled on Tuesday 20th May at 12.30. Location: 8 East Hill, Colchester.

A blue plaque has been unveiled commemorating a Colchester artist.

shares

Portrait painter Frank Daniell is best known for his works picturing mayors and prominent people in the town.

The Colchester Civic Society, itself celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, unveiled the plaque on the front of his former home in East Hill during a ceremony on Tuesday.

Doing the honours were David Daniell, a relative of Frank Daniell, and Pam Thompson, the niece of Gertrude Cardey, who was a sitter for one of his notable paintings A Colchester Blue Coat Girl.

To further mark the occasion there was a rare opportunity to see a Daniell portrait of his wife, a painting found accidentally by the current owners of the house Norman and Betty Warner rolled up in their roof space.

It has now been restored and the painting was brought from its secure location especially for the plaque unveiling.

Rosemary Jewers, a committee member of the Colchester Civic Society, said: “Blue plaques are important because they highlight the achievements and work of notable people in the area.

“They are also of great interest to the public, with details of the commemoration on the plaque, and even on the day of the unveiling I noticed people walking past and glancing up to read it, while one person even stopped to ask us about it.

“It was marvellous for everybody to see the painting which completely enthralled everyone.”

Daniell also painted landscapes and travelled Europe painting church interiors. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1889-1921 as well as in Paris, Berlin and Madrid.

The Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service collection has 22 of his paintings, some of which were commissioned by the Colchester Corporation for the opening of the new Town Hall in 1902.

Born in East Donyland in 1866, Frank Daniell’s mother died when he was young and records show by the age of 14, Frank had moved with his father and

siblings to West Stockwell Street, Colchester.

Daniell married Ethel Brignell and in the 1901 census the couple were staying at a hotel in London.

In 1902 Frank advertised his business at St Martin’s Studio, West Stockwell Street, and from 1906-1912 his studio was listed at 15A High Street, also given as his address in the 1911 census.

At some time later he moved to 8 East Hill where he died on March 11 1932 after suffering a heart attack ten days earlier.

He is buried in Colchester cemetery with his wife, who died in 1948. They had one son, Dirk, who died six years before Daniell.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Emergency services at the scene at the multi-storey car park in Bury on November 28.

A 64-year-old woman who died after falling from a multi-storey car park in Bury St Edmunds committed suicide, an inquest has heard.

RAF Mildenhall

A new group has been launched to evaluate ideas for future uses of the RAF Mildenhall site before presenting them to the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

The Red Arrows perform manoeuvres at the Clacton Air Show on Friday, 22 August.

Spectators at this year’s Clacton Airshow will once again be able to watch the world famous Red Arrows.

Kevin Bru after being reunited with Gizzer

Ipswich Town supporters came to the rescue of one their favourite players, reuniting them with their beloved dog.

Giles' portrait of Alf Garnett

An unusual work by Suffolk art icon Carl Giles is to be auctioned in the county.

Traffic. Library image.

A broken down lorry may cause delays for westbound traffic on the A14 this evening.

Andy and Carol Wright who have moved into the Old Chequers Inn at Friston which they are to re-open in the village.

The new landlords of a village pub in Suffolk have thanked the community for campaigning to save the building from the threat of housing.

Eloise and Keeley play on the beach at Felixstowe at the start of the Easter holidays.

The promenade at Felixstowe was busy today as families made the most of the first official day of the Easter holidays.

Labour MP Caroline Flint and Labour candidate David Ellesmere head out door knocking around the Prince of Wales Drive area of Ipswich.

One of the best-known shadow cabinet ministers has visited Ipswich to give Labour’s David Ellesmere a boost on the first day of the official campaign.

Brave Hope Puttock, who was born with Downs Syndrome and underwent open heart surgery when just five-months old, is celebrating her eighth birthday with a party at Play2Day.

There were smiles all round as a brave Suffolk eight-year-old celebrated her birthday in style.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages