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Walmisley, Frederick (1815–1875), painter

  • Person

A painter who was one of the five sons of Thomas Forbes Walmisley (1783–1866), a London-born organist, composer and ‘Professor of Music’, who also had at least two daughters.
Walmisley trained at the Royal Academy schools and according to Redgrave’s dictionary was also a pupil of H. P. Briggs. Redgrave also says that he ‘became paralysed in his legs early in life’ and that his works ‘were very mannered from want of power to study’. He nonetheless exhibited 21 at the Academy between 1838 and 1868, 18 at the British Institution between 1841 and its closure in 1867 and 16/17 at the Society of British Artists (SBA) during 1840–1872. The majority were landscapes and subject paintings, the latter often derived from literature and drama but the first five at the Academy (to 1841) were portraits.

Walmisley appears not to have married, and lived with his father and his two unmarried sisters. From some point before 1840 this was at 18 Cowley Street, Westminster, but probably from 1843 until 1846 he was in Rome. According to Graves’s Royal Academy listings, a Roman view he sent home in 1843/1844 was noted as ‘painted on the spot’ when submitted for the 1844 Academy show by his father. In the 1844 catalogue itself, his Rome address is given as Café Graeco and, in 1845, Via di Capo le Cose. From then on, Italian subjects from Venice to the Naples area predominate in his exhibition record, including after his return to London in 1847.

In about 1864 he and his father moved to 19 Earl’s Court Gardens, Brompton. His father died there aged 84 in 1866, leaving an estate of under £1,500, Frederick being executor. He died at St John’s Wood on 25th December 1875, aged 60.

Two of Walmisley’s brothers were organists. The eldest, Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814–1856), became Professor of Music at Cambridge University in 1836. The other was Henry (1830–1857), an organist in London. Frederick’s portraits of them both were lent by their civil engineer brother, Arthur Thomas Walmisley (1847–1923), to the Victorian Era Exhibition of 1897 at Earl’s Court. The fifth brother, Horatio (1827–1905), became a clergyman. Frederick is also recorded in published RIBA papers for 1868–1869 to have done a ‘remarkably good portrait in oil’ of the architect Arthur Ashpitel, ‘representing him sitting and sketching’, of unknown date. (Ashpitel also studied in Rome from 1853.)

While Walmisley was only baptised Frederick (on 26th May 1815 at St Mary, Newington, Surrey) some contemporary and later printed references call him ‘F. W.’ or ‘Frederick W.’ which is seemingly an error.

Wakeman, Thomas (1812-1878), artist

  • 1812-1878

Prolific waterolourist who produced many works of East Anglia in the 1840s and the east coast of America in the 1850s.

Vincent Brooke, Day and Son

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  • 1867 - 1940

Vincent Brooks, Day & Son was a major British lithographic firm most widely known for reproducing the weekly caricatures published in Vanity Fair magazine. The company was formed in 1867 when Vincent Brooks bought the name, good will and some of the property of Day & Son Ltd, which had gone into liquidation that year. The firm reproduced artwork and illustrations and went on to print many of the iconic London Underground posters of the twenties and thirties before being wound up in 1940.

Villanis, Emmanuel (1858-1914), sculptor

  • Person
  • 12 December 1858 - 28 August 1914

A French sculptor. He was born in Lille, France, and died in Paris. He studied at the Accademia Albertina in Turin. One of his teachers was Odoardo Tabacchi. From 1885, Villanis lived in Paris and became one of the most productive sculptors towards the end of the 19th century. His female bronze busts, cast by the Society de Bronze de Paris, were exported all over the world from Paris, particularly to the United States. Today his sculptures can be found regularly in auctions.

Vignoles, Charles Malcolm (1901 - 1961)

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  • 1901 - 1961

Was a member of Magdalene from 1919 - 1922. He went on to become the Chairman of Shell-Mex and BP and for a brief period was Chairman of Governors at Sedburgh School. He was a close personla friend of Fairfax Scott, Frank Salter, and Owen Morshead. HIs son Michael and five other members of his family have attended Magdalene.

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