A hundred years ago World War One was raging and one of the many men eager to play his part was the artist, William Frederick Mayor, despite the fact that he was almost 50 and had a wife and two young children.
He had health problems connected with asthma and needed a minor operation to make him fit to serve as a war artist. Hospitals were were overflowing with casualties sent back from Europe, and Fred, as he was always known, haemorrhaged and died.
During this year, the Centenary of his death, LAPADA Members, Tom and Rosamund Jordan, are dedicating their Staithes Group exhibition to his memory.
There will be around 80 original paintings for sale, mainly by artists who lived and painted in the artists’ colony based around the Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes over a century ago.
Like many of the the members of this group Fred trained in Paris at the height of the Impressionist movement and brought the aims and techniques of the movement back to Staithes. The exhibition will comprise around eighty paintings for sale, including a substantial number by Fred and his wife Hannah (nee Hoyland), many direct from their descendants.
There will also be a wide choice of Hartlepool artist Robert Leslie Howey’s (1900-1981) pictures of the Yorkshire coast and a small number of works by other late 19th early 20th Century Yorkshire Impressionists in addition to the Staithes Group pictures.
The exhibition runs daily from July 2 to 17 at the Pannett Gallery, open from 10am-4pm. See www.tbrj.co.uk for more information. The Staithes Group of Artists on Facebook or by calling Tom or Rosamund on 07970 503134.