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Frederick John Widgery (1861-1942)

Biography of West Country artist Frederick John Widgery (1861-1942)

Frederick John Widgery (1861-1942) was a west country artist. He was the younger son of William Widgery (1826-1893) (who himself was a self-taught artist) and born in May 1861. He was initially educated at Exeter Cathedral School and then at the Exeter School of Art followed by the South Kensington Museum School before travelling to Antwerp.

Widgery was a popular and active leader of the Exeter Civic Community from 1890, which was the year he settled back in the city of his birth after travelling to Antwerp to study under Charles Verlat at the National Art School and with Hubert von Herkomer in Bushey.

Widgery became Mayor of Exeter in 1903 and subsequently was made a Freeman, Alderman and was elected Chair of the City's Town Planning Committee. Widgery's civic deeds were complimented with his work as an artist and the two combine as evidence for the passion and engagement he felt for Exeter and the surrounding West Country.

Widgery was a talented painter of the landscape, moors, coast and sea and skilful at capturing the particular local light and weather. As a plein air painter, Widgery often worked in watercolour and some of his most accomplished works show a close understanding of nature in well-observed moorland fauna and passing showers.

Frederick John Widgery died on 27th January 1942 at the age of 81.

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Lot FS36/392

Lot FS36/392: Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - Holywell Bay, Newquay

Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - Holywell Bay, Newquay signed and inscribed bottom left watercolour 40 x 100cm.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £550

Lot FS30/361

Lot FS30/361: Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - Exmouth From Dawlish Warren

Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - Exmouth from Dawlish Warren signed bottom left watercolour, 16.5 x 35cm, together with a watercolour of the Suffolk Coast by Robert Winter Fraser, 15.5 x 26.5cm.

Estimate: £200 - £250
Realised: £340

Lot FS28/379

Lot FS28/379: Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - A Dartmoor Valley

Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - A Dartmoor valley - signed oil on canvas 49 x 67cm.

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £850

Lot FS25/349

Lot FS25/349: Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - The Doone Valley, Exmoor

Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - The Doone Valley, Exmoor - signed and inscribed bottom left watercolour and bodycolour 36 x 53cm.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £250

Lot FS22/307

Lot FS22/307: Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - Nr. Okehampton, Dartmoor

Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - Nr. Okehampton, Dartmoor - signed and inscribed bottom left bodycolour with watercolour 48.5 x 73.5cm.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £300

Lot FS22/304

Lot FS22/304: Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - Coastal View Near Bournemouth

Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - Coastal view near Bournemouth - signed and inscribed watercolour and bodycolour 17 x 27cm.

Estimate: £150 - £250
Realised: £150

Lot FS22/301

Lot FS22/301: Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - The Exe Estuary, Topsham in the Distance

Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - The Exe Estuary, Topsham in the distance - signed watercolour 17 x 45cm.

Estimate: £150 - £250
Realised: £350

Lot FS22/303

Lot FS22/303: Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - Watermouth Creek, Devon

Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - Watermouth Creek, Devon - signed and inscribed watercolour and bodycolour 16.5 x 27cm.

Estimate: £150 - £250
Realised: £190

Lot FS22/302

Lot FS22/302: Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - The Source of the Exe

Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - The Source of the Exe - signed watercolour 17 x 445cm.

Estimate: £150 - £250
Realised: £170

Lot FS22/305

Lot FS22/305: Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - Dartmoor Landscape

Frederick John Widgery [1861-1942] - Dartmoor landscape - signed watercolour 16.5 x 27cm.

Estimate: £100 - £200
Realised: £90

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