Cottage on a Country Lane by William Kay Blacklock




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Cottage on a Country Lane by William Kay Blacklock

A charming study of a young girl and her dog outside a country cottage. The subject is quite possibly the artist's daughter Eleanor, painted in the village of Walberswick on the Suffolk coast, circa 1916 (the artist's address at this time was 'The Barn' Walberswick, and Eleanor would have been 6 years of age).

Signed 'W Kay Blacklock'

Watercolour, 7.5" x 11.5" unframed.

William Kilbride Blacklock (1872-1924)

Born in Sunderland, in 1872, William Kilbride Blacklock was the second son of John Blacklock, a painter, and his wife Eleanor KIlbride, who were married at Sunderland in 1770. In the 1881 Census, William was an 8 year old living at 5 Hudson’s Buildings, Bishop Wearmouth, Sunderland with his parents and his two siblings, all born in Sunderland. His father died in 1886 and in 1891 young William was an 18 year old lithographer’s apprentice living at 10 Corporation Road, Rickersgate, Carlisle where his widowed mother was a publican. They had moved by 1901 to 4 Dixon Street, where William, still a lithographer, lived with his mother who was described as a ‘boarding house keeper’.

He then studied at the School of Art in Edinburgh and the Royal College of Art in London and became a painter in oil and watercolor.  Living in London, he married at Chelsea in 1909, [Nellie] Ellen Eliza RICHARDSON. He seems to have added ‘Kay’ as his middle name when he took up as an artist. Nellie, a painter in her own right who exhibited at the RA, was also his model for a series of paintings from 1910 to 1917. William probably also painted in Holland, as the subjects and titles of his paintings suggest, and his subject matter and style is akin to that of Elizabeth FORBES.

In the 1911 Census Blacklock is listed as a 41 year old artist painter at 46 Gunder Grove, Chelsea with his wife, and a one year old daughter Eleanor Irene, who had been born in Chelsea.  By 1912 they had moved to 'The Barn' Walberswick, where there was an active artists' community. In 1916 they were still living there. In 1921 their address was 152 Fosse Road, South Leicester, but they moved on to Liskeard, Cornwall. Blacklock died in Polperro, Cornwall in 1924.

Source: Cornwall Artists Index :

Cottage on a Country Lane by William Kay Blacklock
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