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 Leonard Russell Squirrell  (1893 - 1979)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom/England      Known for: landscape painting and engraving

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Leonard Russell Squirrell (1893-1979)

Born at Ipswich on 30 October 1893, son of Frank Squirrell, a carpenter, and his wife Henrietta née Clemmence, who died at Ipswich in 1902, aged 39.  As a boy he lived at 82 Spring Road with his brother and widowed father and a housekeeper until in 1905 when his father married Alice Lucy Watson.  In 1911 a 17 year old art student still at 82 Spring Road with his 44 year old father, 36 year old step-mother, 19 year old elder brother Sydney Frank and his step-brother, 2 year old Leslie Watson.

Educated at the British School of Art in Ipswich and in 1908 joined the Ipswich School of Art as a full-time student under George Rushton and remained there until 1916.  In 1913 one of his water-colors was shown at the Royal Academy exhibition and in 1915 he won the British Institution scholarship in engraving and his work hung at the Royal Academy for forty-seven consecutive years from 1913.  He also exhibited at the Abbey Gallery, Connell & Sons Galllery, Fine Art Society, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Manchester City Art Gallery, New English Art Club, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Color and the Royal Scottish Academy.  A member of the Ipswich Art Club from 1914 but four years later returned to Ipswich Art School and in 1920 went to the Slade School in London under Professor Tonks and on departing traveled on the continent.

In 1929 he succeeded Charles Baskett in teaching etching at the Ipswich School of Art where he remained until 1940, living firstly in Foxhall Road before moving to 46 Crabbe Street, Ipswich.  On the council of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-colors and the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers.  He married in 1923, Hilda Victoria née Bird, who died 1972, having one son and one daughter.  He retired to Merrydown, Witnesham, Suffolk where his wife Hilda died in 1972, aged 72 and where he died on 10 July 1979.  His only son Martin [q.v.] was also a gifted artist and died in 1950 at the early age of 24.

Submitted by Tony Copsey, Art Researcher on artists of Suffolk, England

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