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Artist Baldrys

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Artist Baldrys

Joshua Kirby Baldrey

The name Baldrey was borne by several painters and engravers who worked in the eastern counties in the later years of the eighteenth century; and Joshua Kirby Baldrey, who sometimes exhibited pictures at the Royal Academy, was the son of Gainsborough’s Ipswich friend. [Andrew Baldrey]

Excerpt From “Thomas Gainsborough” by William Thomas Whitley. Early Days pp 17-20.

A Notation in the Dictionary of National Biography contains the following information:

BALDREY, JOSHUA KIRBY (1754 - 1828) draughtsman and engraver, was the eldest son of Andrew Baldrey (d. 1802) of Ipswich, and his wife Mary (1728 - 1806). Andrew, the illegitimate son of Andrew Rankin and Elizabeth Baldrey, was successively apprentice, partner and successor in the general painting business of Joshua's godfather, Joshua Kirby, and trained his own sons Joshua and Robert. Joshua in turn took as pupils Robert Clamp, stipple portrait engraver, and his own son John Baldrey, by his first marriage.

For over twenty years Joshua Baldrey worked in London or Cambridge, never settling permanently in either. His first imprints as engraver and printseller were issues from Mr. Dibb's at Green Street, Grosvenor Street, London in 1780, but he was back in Trumpington Street in Cambridge in 1785, and back at Doughty & Co in Holborn, London three years later producing a series of satires against Hastings, Thurloe and Pitt. He exhibited portraits at the Royal Academy in 1793 and 1794. Among his best works are The Finding of Moses, after Salvator Rosa (1785); Diana in a Landscape, after Carlo Maratta; Lady Rawdon, after Reynolds (1783); and Atalanta after Henry Bunbury (1790). Baldrey worked after George Morland in soft-ground etching and after Bunbury in stipple. From about 1800 he and his son John, whose satires are in stipple and line, were together in Trinity Street, Cambridge. In 1811 Baldrey described himself as a miniature painter there, but in May 1809, he had published at 5 guineas a two-sheet reproduction of the east window of King's College chapel, Cambridge, which he had drawn, engraved , and for an extra guinea, coloured by hand. His eight-page Dissertation on the Windows of King's College Chapel, Cambridge (1818) was to advertise the remaining stock of the prints and to solicit orders for a projected engraving of one of the south windows. His Dissertation concludes sadly: "All these works have been executed by a man with a large increasing family, experiencing much sickness: and from the unpropitious stage of the time, struggling with difficulties". Baldrey must have been a widower when on 12 June 1808, he married Mary Jane Copsey by licence at Great St Mary's in Cambridge; a daughter Sarah was witness. When he died in poverty in Hatfield Woodside, Hertfordshire, on 6 December 1828 it was reported that he left a large family. J. M. Blatchly, British Historian

Information & images supplied by Marge Delker. Link to his family.





Right: Designed by JKB,
the East Window of
King's College Chapel, Cambridge
Image from Royal Collection

Harry Baldry 1866 - 1890 active 1883 - 1890

Harry Baldry appears to have been the brother of Grace Baldry (below). The following information is from the autobiography of Vanda Mary Sanders Howden, as edited by her son, Dr. Patrick ffyske Howden, BackYard TEch, Cone St, Macleay Island, 4184, Australia. Tel/Fax: (07) 34095100. There is more on this link. The information was brought to our attention by Marcus Risdall, the Librarian of the Garrick Club:-

"My Mother, who was born Grace Baldry, told me my Father, William Fiske, had straw strewn up and down the road to make the horse drawn carriages less noisy for my Mother, who was very ill - one cannot imagine what the noise is like from the present traffic.

My Mother was an artist, one of 13 children who lived in an old manor house in Norfolk and who, due to my Grandfather's leaning towards music rather than attaining a lucrative living, they were extremely poor. My Father, William Sanders Fiske, was the second son of Thomas and Elizabeth.

My Mother's Brother, Harry Baldry, whom I never met, was also an artist and I believe he has portraits at Windsor Castle.

He died of tuberculosis when quite young, but he and my Mother did go to Italy to paint and there she was greatly influenced by the Italian painters Titian and Tintoretto. I believe nearly all her family was either artistic or musical and she herself was a very clever portrait painter, particularly as she had never been able to afford lessons. She exhibited in the Royal Academy in London, and was "hung on the line" as they called the first row of pictures. She told me she met a Jewish lady who introduced her to many people for portraits and in this way she was able to do well painting people such as Lord Mayors English Cities.

Finally she was able to take herself and 2 sickly sisters over to Canada for them to be in a more suitable climate. She herself returned to England and must have married my Father shortly afterwards. Two less-alike characters would be hard to find, my father from a religious and very strict family and my Mother from a Bohemian upbringing in a talented artistic and musical family."

From: Kate Sigrist

My husband’s great grandma was Ida Baldry (b1870) who was a sister to the artists Grace and Harry (who shot himself aged 24 in 1890 - see The Times Sept. 1 1890 pg 8 issue 33105). They, along with other siblings, were the children of George W Baldry (1835), also an artist and portrait painter. George was born in Norwich to William Baldry (b 1801 in Forncett, Norfolk), a surveyor and land agent, and Elizabeth Neave (?) (b1806 in Norwich). The daughters of William and Elizabeth were very musical and ran a music school in Norwich. George was married to Mary Ann Marshall (1837) a farmer’s daughter from Wiggenhall St Germans. He started as a surveyor but eventually took up painting., He and Mary moved quite frequently as their children were born in Norwich, Brighton, Ipswich, Hastings, St Germans, Newcastle upon Tyne and London - where they eventually settled.
I’ve searched through the Baldry Families on your site, but cannot find any connection to this branch - the only reference is to Grace and Harry on the info site. I hope this is of some interest and may lead to me finding out more about our ancestors.

William BALDRY (1801 Forncett, Nfk - ?) Surveyor & Land Agent = Elizabeth NEAVE (1806 Norwich - ?)

George W BALDRY (1835 Norwich - ?) = Mary Ann MARSHALL (1837 Wiggenhall St. Germans - ?)

Harry BALDRY (1866 Forncett, Nfk - 1890 suicide) Artist

Ida BALDRY (1870 - ?) = ?

Grandparent of Mr Sigrist

Grace BALDRY Artist (?1866 - 1931) = Willian Sanders FISKE


Vanda Mary Sanders FISKE = Mr HOWDEN

Additional info. from R. Chambers

10 other children

Musical daughters

People with works by the Baldry siblings

From: Emily Legg e-mail her

I have an old print of a picture of "Gathering Blossoms", artist, H. Baldry. It was copyrighted registered. Published in London, Landecker and Brown, 28 & 30 Worship Street, and printed in Munich. I can't find any information on this artist. Has your research turned up anyone who is an artist by the name H. Baldry? Thanks for any information you can provide.

From: Joan Hewitt e-mail her

I have in my possession, two picture passed down to me from my Grandmother. They are painted on glass and both depict a young man and woman. They are signed H. Baldry and the only H. Baldry who was an artist appears in your family. Do you have any information on Harry Baldry and any information on his artistic works. I am very interested in how my Grandmother may have come by them as they appear to have been in our family for a long time.

Works by Harry Baldry

Left: Title:- Portrait of Dudley de Garencrers Jollands Sampson in a blue jacket and white shirt
Medium:-Oil on Canvas in pntd oval
Size:-24 x 18 in. / 61 x 45.7 cm.
Misc. Signed, Inscribed
Sale Of Christie's South Kensington: Thursday, May 25, 2000 [Lot 154]
British and Continental and Old Master Pictures

Right: Title not known. Presented by Mark Humpal. Below: Title not known.

Prints by Harry Baldry, thanks to Cris Rasco (top 2)

I stumbled upon your page about Baldry artists when researching two paintings by Harry Baldry owned by my grandmother. The paintings are actually featured on your site (either side of this note).

Information. My grandmother inherited these from her mother, who was given them as a wedding present around 1905 in England. She said they were called "The Parting" and "The Quarrel.".

Information from Shannon Cowan.

Thanks to Stephen Ball

Seems related to the painting, left.

Thanks to Maria del Pilar Barca Sanchez
Not sure if this is a Harry Baldry

Painting by Harry Baldry, thanks to Professor Nicholas C. Yannelis

Above: This is the great-grandmother of James Stuart-Stevenson:

Birth name. Constance Marie deLormet Dennistoun of Golfhill Married name. Crawfurd-Stirling-Stuart of Castlemilk Torrance and Milton Residence. Castlemilk Glasgow Died. 1916. At Castlemilk of Appendicitis Thanks to James for this information.

Right: A print from Harry Baldry's painting:
"Her first letter"

...provided by Jo Hulstein, who added this:
I wanted to let you know that I recently bought a H Baldry etching and wanted to share the pictures because its clear to me that they made a photo-print from a existing painting by Harry Baldry. I'm sure they did this after his unfortunate death. Wonder if they ever payed the family for the right to do so?  In any case there could be a H Baldry painting out there looking like this lovely work. It it very big for an etching. 76 by 62 cm. I'm guessing the etching was printed around 1900

Landeker & Brown, Ltd., London (Fine Art Publishers, c1899-1954) operated at 28 & 30 Worship Street in the Finsbury district of central London, England. They published postcards & fine art prints in series in a variety of different subjects & genres using halftone lithography and also a collotype chromolithographic process for their artwork reproductions. They often used German, Austrian or Bavarian printers for their works. In addition, they also published photogravures (some hand colored), etchings and engravings with some as limited edition proofs, and by the early 1920’s they were also selling frames, framed mirrors, invalid bed tables, oak tea trays, picture overmantels, fire screens, and jig-saw picture puzzles etc. They also operated early on (c1899-c1907) with an additional name in their title listed as ‘Landeker, Lee & Brown’. By the summer of 1953 the company went into receivership and was fully liquidated around the summer of that following year. (From research: Written by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc.,, 01/2013.)

From: Wayne Petrie e-mail him

This print is titled "The Peacemaker". Painted by a G.Baldry.The London Art Museum dosn't have much on this artist except possibly a Grace Baldry, done around the early 1900's. It was published by The Art Reproduction Co.Ltd. Plough Court, Fetter Lane, London,E.C.

Any info on this print would be greatly appreciated.

Painting of the actress Ellen Terry by Grace Baldry

This excellent painting of Ellen Terry is in the:-

Garrick Club,
15, Garrick Street,
London WC2
(020 7836 1737)

& the Librarian, Marcus Risdall, (e-mail) would be grateful for any information about it & Grace Baldry.

Portia's legal costume for the Trial Scene (Act IV, scene I) is red with a cylindrical soft-topped hat, a long gown with wide sleeves and high collar, and a long robe with a broad shash. Millais borrowed this costume from Ellen Terry for his portrait of Portia - which was sat for by a glamorous substitute - signed and dated 1884 (Metropolitan Museum, New York 06.1328); this fair-haired model does not wear the hat. Ellen Terry played Portia for the first time at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 17 April 1875, in a famous Bancroft production designed by Godwin. Her first performance in the role at the Lyceum took place in 1879; that production, with Henry Irving as Shylock, ran for 250 nights.

Carol and Martin McAvoy supplied this image. They believe it is by George W. Baldry, as it is signed. GW Baldry. The portrait measures 28" x 36", with a 4" frame. There had been some damage which has been professionally repaired. Anyone with further information about the name of the painting, date and subject, please e-mail Ken on this link and Carol & Martin on this link.

Enquiry from Michael Romeo

DEAR MR BALDRY I have a large painting by your mother (Grace was not my mother!) of a roman girl in a white toga
against a marble background with the sea in the back and a pot of roses in the foreground. It is signed. I purchased it in London in 1972
at Bonhams auction house. I wonder if this subject is related to her trip to ITALY with her brother. I wonder if you could shed any light on this.


Alfred Lys Baldry 1858 - 1939

He was born at Torquay and educated at Oxford. He studied art at the Royal College of Art and the studio of Alfred Joseph Moore. He was also an art critic, writing for The Globe (1893-1908) and other periodicals, and the author of books on painting. Ezra Pound disparaged his work in The New Age of 14 February 1918 (22.16:310). His biographical and critical work is now better known than his art.

Publications include:-

"Recent Portraits by Mr. P. A. de László"
by Alfred Lys Baldry
The International Studio, Vol. LIX, No. 235 (September 1916), pp. 145-156.

"Some Paintings and Drawings by Mr. P.A. de László"
by Alfred Lys Baldry
Vol. LXXXI, No. 335
(February 1921), pp. 44-57

An unknown Mr BALDRY of Wilby Hall, Suffolk = ?

Francis BALDRY (? - 1837) of 166, New Bond Street, London = ?

Alfred Adam BALDRY 1st (27/2/1828 - 9/9/1915 Bournmouth) = (1851) Charlotte WHITEBREAD of Babbacombe

Alfred Lys BALDRY 2nd (1858 Torquay - 1939) Art critic & Painter, see Who's Who 1938
Right: His painting of "Christchurch" was at aution at
Walton & Hipkiss

Please e-mail Louise Perrin Leis if you have any information about his descendants.

Drawing of George Henry Boughton by Alfred Lys Baldry Date: 1889 Medium: pencil Measurements: 3 3/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (95 mm x 146 mm)

In the National Portrait Gallery, not on display.

Joseph Baldry of London (active mid 18thC)

Nothing more is known of this man. The clock was made by Joseph Baldry of London and dates from about the mid 18th century (circa 1750-60). It was brought to our attention by the restorer Alistair Price
Bury Court Antiques
Bury Court, Waltham Road, White Waltham, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 3JF

This is his sales pitch:-

"It is made of oak with a very good quality 5-pillar, 8-day, brass dial movement. The case and movement have all been restored and would be guaranteed for 12 months
I have attached a couple photos of the clock to give a rough idea of what it looks like but if you or any of your members are interested in it I could email more detailed photos and answer any questions that you may have. The price of this clock is £3075".

Note that this is an oak clock made at a time when clock builders were going over to mahogany, which suggests that Joseph came to London from the countryside, where clocks were still being made of oak. Anyone with any information, would they please e-mail Ken and e-mail Alistair, as that will help with the provenance of the clock.

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