Kitchen Scene in the Beverley Arms
Frederick William Elwell (Beverley 1870 – Beverley 1958)
The artist was the youngest son of James Elwell, cabinet maker, wood carver and twice Mayor of Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He studied art in Lincoln, where he won the Gibney Scholarship in 1887 and went to the Academy Schools in Antwerp for four years and then at the Académie Julian in Paris. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1894 and the Royal Academy from 1895. He returned to Beverley in around 1903 and married his pupil Mary Dawson Bishop (1874–1952), also painter of landscapes and interiors, in 1914. They lived together at the Bar House and he painted a number of pictures of the kitchens of the Beverley Arms, an old hostelry nearby. Mary's secure financial position allowed Fred to travel abroad and paint continental landscapes. In 1958, he bequeathed 55 paintings by himself and his wife to Beverley Art Gallery.
Oil painting on canvas, Kitchen Scene in the Beverley Arms by Frederick William Elwell (Beverley 1870 – Beverley 1958), signed and dated 1929
Acquired by the National Trust through the National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund) in 1986/87 -part of a bequest to eight museums by Aileen and Vera Woodroffe.
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Frederick William Elwell (Beverley 1870 – Beverley 1958), artist