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William Blake  Richmond

William Blake Richmond

Male 1842 - 1921  (78 years)


  • Name William Blake Richmond  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Birth 29 Nov 1842  16 Beaumont St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10
    Baptism 22 Jan 1843  St Marylebone, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Residence Mar 1851  10 York St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Occupation Apr 1861  Student of Artist  [3
    Residence Apr 1861  10 York St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Marriage 27 Oct 1864  St Marylebone, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [11, 12, 13
    Charlotte Foster,   b. abt Aug 1841, Strand, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1865, 29 Albion St, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage 30 Nov 1867  St Thomas, Ryde Find all individuals with events at this location   [9, 11, 14, 15
    Clara Jane Richards,   b. abt May 1846, Cardiff Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1915, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Apr 1871  Artist  [4
    Residence Apr 1871  Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Occupation abt 1879 - 1883  Slade Professor of Fine Arts, Oxford  [11
    Occupation Apr 1881  Artist  [5
    Residence Apr 1881  Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Occupation Apr 1891  Artist ARA  [6
    Residence Apr 1891  Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Post/Rank/Title 1895  RA  [16
    Degree/Qualif. 1896  Oxford University Find all individuals with events at this location ; DCL  [9, 11
    Degree/Qualif. aft 1896  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; LLD  [9, 11
    Decoration 1897  KCB  [11
    Occupation Apr 1911  Artist Painter Sculptor  [7
    Residence Apr 1911  Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Death 11 Feb 1921  Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location   [9, 10, 17, 18
    • On the 11th Feb., at Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith, Sir William Blake Richmond, K.C.B., R.A., aged 78. Funeral at Chiswick Parish Church at 2 p.m. to-morrow (Tuesday). [The Times, Mon 14 Feb 1921]
    Burial 15 Feb 1921  St Nicholas, Chiswick Find all individuals with events at this location   [8, 11, 17
    • The funeral of Sir William Richmond, R.A., will take place at 2 o'clock to-day at St. Nicholas Church, Chiwick. On behalf of the King, Lord Stamfordham has sent the following telegram to Sir William's relatives:-- "The King much regrets to hear of the death of Sir William Richmond, and desires me to convey to his family the expression of his true sympathy in the loss that has befallen them." [The Times, Tue 15 Feb 1921]
    • The funeral of Sir William Richmond, R.A.,took place yesterday at Chiswick. The first part of the service was held in the Old Parish Church. The mourners included Colonel Smith-Neill, representing Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll; Mrs. Meyrick (daughter), Rear-Admiral H. W. Richmond (son) and Mrs. Richmond, and Mr. Walter Richmond (brother). The service was conducted by Canon Meyrick, of Norwich, assisted by the Rev. E. P. Gough, the vicar. The coffin, which was perfectly plain, was covered with two pieces of tapestry, and the handles, which were of wrought iron, were of William Morris design. Wreaths were sent by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, the Royal Academy, and the Coal Smoke Abatement Society (of which Sir William Richmond was the founder). [The Times, Wed 16 Feb 1921]
    William Blake Richmond (1842-1921)
    William Blake Richmond (1842-1921)
    Grave in Old Chiswick Cemetery; images at www.findagrave.com
    Probate 18 Apr 1921  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; £9,838 17s. 7d.  [18
    Notes 
    • Sir William-Blake Richmond, K.C.B., R.A., D.C.L., LL.D., M.A.; Slade Professor of Fine Arts, Oxford; Portrait Painter. He was appointed by the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's Cathedral to decorate with Mosaic the Choir and Dome. This work, though very beautiful, caused much discussion from 1890 to 1898. [Curtis]
    • When the designs were approved Richmond had them enlarged to the exact scale of the space which they would occupy, with every line strongly marked, and then coloured according to the tones of the design and of the tessarae. Most of the several designs so enlarged were exhibited in position in the Cathedral so that their effect might be judged. The enlargement and colouring having been completed, the design was then transferred in pieces of suitable sizes to tracing paper, and handed to the artificers for execution in the tessarae on the cement. The artificers pierced the pattern through the lines with a bradawl on a space of cement affixed to the brickwork of such a size as not to dry up and become hard before the day's work was finished. The debt of the Cathedral to Sir William's scholarly enthusiasm can never be sufficiently acknowledged. [W.M. Sinclair, 'Memorials of St Paul's Cathedral']
    • Subject of the play A Victorian Eye by Rory Fellowes, performed at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, Jul-Aug 2013; based on the last chapter of the book, "William Blake Richmond, an Artist's Life 1842-1921", by Simon Reynolds (London: Michael Russell Publishing; 1995).
    Person ID I0842  Tatham | Richmond branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 16 Aug 2014 

    Father George Richmond,   b. 28 Mar 1809, Brompton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1896, 20 York St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Julia Tatham,   b. 24 May 1811, Alpha Rd, Regents Park Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jan 1881, Eastbourne Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Marriage 24 Jan 1831  Gretna Green Find all individuals with events at this location   [9, 11, 19
    • Richmond Geo. of St Geo's., Hanover Sq., Ln. to Tatham Julia of Marylebone, Ln. 24 Jan 1831. [Marriages at Gretna Hall, 1829 - Apr 30 1855]
    Notes 
    • About 1826 Richmond fell in love with Julia (1811-1881), the beautiful fourteen-year-old sister of the Tatham brothers, whose father had engaged Richmond to give her drawing lessons. Although old Tatham had encouraged the romance, his diminishing fortune brought a change of mind when a rich and elderly suitor expressed interest in Julia. Learning of this, the young couple - encouraged by Palmer, who loaned Richmond £40 - eloped to Gretna Green, where they were married on 24 January 1831. Back in London, Richmond set up home at 27 Northumberland Street, New Road, sending Julia to stay for the time being with Palmer's father at Shoreham. Meanwhile John Linnell persuaded Tatham that Richmond had a promising future. Tatham forgave them, and within three weeks George and Julia were reunited: their marriage proved to be long and happy. They had fifteen children, of whom ten survived infancy; with this growing family Richmond needed a reliable income, and he spent most of his remaining working life painting portraits. [DNB 2009]
    • none of the children registered, tho all baptised
    Family ID F0253  Family Group Sheet

    Family 1 Charlotte Foster,   b. abt Aug 1841, Strand, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1865, 29 Albion St, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years) 
    Marriage 27 Oct 1864  St Marylebone, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [11, 12, 13
    • marr 21 Oct 1864 per DNB
    • On the 27th ult., at St. Marylebone Church, by the Rev. T. K. Richmond [his brother]. assisted by the Rev. J. M. Freshfield, W. Blake Richmond, second son of George Richmond, Esq., of York-street, Portman-square, to Charlotte, daughter of Henry Foster, Esq., of Albany-terrace, Regent's-park. [Morning Post]
    Notes 
    • No children identified of this marriage.
      - not Georgina Lydia Richmond, birth reg Pancras 3Q1865; resid Apr 1871 at 59 Langford Rd, S. Hampstead, age 5 b St Pancras, dau of Henry Richmond, piano forte maker; resid Apr 1881 at 24 Maitland Park Villas, S. Hampstead, age 16 b London, general servant in household of Henry Taylor, chemist; marriage reg Hendon 2Q1888 to William Henry Gravener;
      - not Selina Maud(e) Richmond, birth reg Kensington 4Q1865; resid Apr 1871 at 24 Higher Ardwick, Manchester, age 5 b Paddington, dau of Mary Richmond née Oram, widow, 34 b Salford; resid Apr 1911 at Woodfold, Tennyson Rd, Harpenden, unmarr, age 45 b Paddington, with uncle John Richmond & family, age 69 b Blackburn, agent & general engineer.
    Last Modified 06 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F0722  Family Group Sheet

    Family 2 Clara Jane Richards,   b. abt May 1846, Cardiff Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1915, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Marriage 30 Nov 1867  St Thomas, Ryde Find all individuals with events at this location   [9, 11, 14, 15
    • On the 30th Nov., at St. Thomas's Church, Ryde, by the Rev. David Wright. M.A., incumbent of St. Mary Magdalene, Stoke Bishop, Gloucestershire, assisted by the Rev. H. Girdlestone, vicar of Newchurch, Isle of Wight, William Blake Richmond, Esq., to Clara Jane, youngest daughter of the late William Richards, Esq., of Ely-rise, Llandaff. [The Times]
    Notes 
    • [Herbert William Richmond's] father and mother married in 1867 and spent the next three years abroad, chiefly in Italy. I remember, years ago, seeing in a little old pension at Assisi, long since closed, the walls that had been frescoed by William Richmond during his residence. [G M Trevelyan, An Autobiography & Other Essays]
    • Apr 1891: no children resid with parents at Beavor Lodge
    • Mar 1901: family away; Beavor Lodge occupied by caretaker & 3 maids.
    Children 
    +1. Francis George Richmond,   b. 06 Aug 1868, Assisi, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1933, Tannox Lodge, New Abbey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +2. Helen Charlotte Richmond,   b. 28 Apr 1870, Algiers Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1940, Hove Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +3. Herbert William Richmond,   b. 15 Sep 1871, Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1946, Downing College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     4. Julius Tatham Richmond,   b. 28 Dec 1872, Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1873, Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +5. Ernest Tatham Richmond,   b. 15 Aug 1874, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Mar 1955, Gloucester Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     6. John Sebastian Richmond,   b. 15 Jun 1876, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Aug 1895, Hôtel de Lille et d'Albion, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     7. Arthur Cyril Richmond,   b. 27 Jan 1879, Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Nov 1968, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F0611  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 29 Nov 1842 - 16 Beaumont St, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 22 Jan 1843 - St Marylebone, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1851 - 10 York St, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1861 - 10 York St, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 27 Oct 1864 - St Marylebone, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 30 Nov 1867 - St Thomas, Ryde Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 30 Nov 1867 - St Thomas, Ryde Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1871 - Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1881 - Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - DCL - 1896 - Oxford University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - LLD - aft 1896 - Cambridge University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1911 - Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 11 Feb 1921 - Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 15 Feb 1921 - St Nicholas, Chiswick Link to Google Earth
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    William Blake Richmond (1842-1921)
    William Blake Richmond (1842-1921)
    William Blake Richmond (1842-1921)
    William Blake Richmond (1842-1921)
    Mosaics in St Paul's Cathedral, London

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  • Sources 
    1. [S06] Parish Registers, St Marylebone Church, 1680-1892 (IGI), 22 Jan 1843.
      b 29 Nov 1842

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1851.

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1861.
      age 18

    4. [S01] Census, UK, 1871.

    5. [S01] Census, UK, 1881.
      age 37 (sic)

    6. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.

    7. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      age 68 b Marylebone

    8. [S03] Family Members, WRK.

    9. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    10. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Hammersmith, 1Q1921.
      age 78

    11. [S21] Dictionary of National Biography.

    12. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Marylebone, 4Q1864.

    13. [S11] Newspaper, Morning Post, 01 Nov 1864.
      marriage notice

    14. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg IOW, 4Q1867.

    15. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 04 Dec 1867.

    16. [S03] Family Members, MRT.

    17. [S05] The Times, death notice, 14 Feb 1921.

    18. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    19. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, Gretna Hall, 24 Jun 1831.