Thursday, July 10, 2008

Edward Ladell

[Still Life with Fruit, Bird's Nest and a Goblet]
oil on canvas
1821 - 1886.

Edward Ladell was a still-life painter from Colchester, Essex.
Ladell was basically a self taught artist who became recognised for his faithful depictions of the arranged fruit and objects in his still-life paintings. Ladell's paintings are always easily recognisable as he used to use the same articles over and over again - a wine glass, fruit, flowers, and sometimes a bird's nest, a casket, or carved mug and other objects, on a marble ledge draped with an oriental rug. His work was much sought after and they often ensured flattering notices from the leading representative journals.
His wife, Ellen Ladell, also painted in a style almost identical to her husband's. She usually signed with her full name, whereas Edward used the EL monogram back-to-back.
Ladell was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy between 1856-86 as well as the British Institute and Suffolk Street. Works are held by Reading Art Gallery and Sheffield Art Gallery.
--- biographical note from Terry Levett (geneologist) ---
EDWARD LADELL Born in HASKETON Suffolk about 1820 to CHRISTMAS LADELL and wife MARY.CHRISTMAS was born in CROSTWICK, NORFOLK, in about 1792 for most of his life he was a coachbuilder running his own business. MARY, EDWARD'S mother was born around 1796 in BURGH, SUFFOLK, just down the road from HASKETON.In 1841 all three are recorded as residing in the St.JAMES district of COLCHESTER, ESSEX. Between 1841 and 1851, EDWARD married JULIANA 26 of COLCHESTER, they were residing at EAST HILL, COLCHESTER and also listed in the houshold was a servant, Matilda Pudney, His occupation was at this time is Engraver.In 1861 EDWARDS occupation is recorded as ARTIST, OIL PAINTING and residing at 15 EAST HILL, COLCHESTER and they had a baby girl, KATE ELIZABETH, born the previous year and a new servant, Phoebe Canham.By 1871 only EDWARD is listed at EAST HILL but not, I think at the same No. he has yet another servant Lydia Page and his occupation just ARTIST. I have as yet not been able to find JULIANA or KATE ELIZABETH in any records dead or alive, though EDWARD is still recorded as married so they could be visiting elsewhere.In the 1881 census for DEVON, EDWARD was with his new wife ELLEN MARIA LEVETT and new son KENWYN aged 2 in, plus his servant Lydia Page and a nurse Maria Chambers
Born to George Levett of Woodbridge and Maria Wells of Framlingham in the last quarter of 1853 in IPSWICH, her father was a smith and machine minder, she was one of at least 5 surviving siblings. She married EDWARD LADELL in Yarmouth in the 4th quarter of 1878, it was his second marriage and he would have been 57 and ELLEN 25, they were together for 8 years before EDWARD died in 1886 they had one child KENWYN born in the 1st. quarter of 1879 at Newton Abbot, Devon.Three years after EDWARDS death ELLEN remarried in the spring of 1889, a GEORGE TURNER WHITE in Exeter, he was the Divisional Superintendent of South West Railways.


Enzie at World Market Portraits said...

Beautiful still life!

Hermes said...

Thanks. I don't feature many stil lifes as they are not my favourite subject, but I agree this is very good indeed and I had not heard of this artist.

Anonymous said...

I have just found this post. My name is Nikki Levett and was told recently that my great great grandfather was from Woodbridge Suffolk but that he was married to a german woman call Leena Brun and went on to become a captain on the tall ships. I am wondering if there is a connection. My fathers name is George Levett aswell!

Hermes said...

that's very interesting. These details were sent to me by Terry. I believe you want: