Temporary ACC 2022/37 - Original artwork of William Bell-Armes

Reference code

ACC 2022/37

Title

Original artwork of William Bell-Armes

Date(s)

  • c 1900-1933 (Creation)

Level of description

Temporary

Extent and medium

3 boxes

Name of creator

(1878-1933)

Biographical history

William Bell-Armes (1878-1933, hereafter WBA) is believed to have attended the Norwich School of Art and then worked for a number of local firms including Caleys/Tom Smith's crackers, Boulton and Paul and possibly Page Brothers. He was a contemporary and friend of Alfred Munnings and painted with him at times. Munnings also appears to have worked for Page Brothers and Caleys/Tom Smith's crackers. WBA lived in Norwich at 10 Esdelle Street (from the 1901 census when his occupation is recorded as an architectural draughtsman) and then 58 Plumstead Road (from the 1911 census where his occupation is still architectural draughtsman).

WBA was the son of William F. Armes (1852-1935) and Elizabeth Susannah Armes (1851-1936, daughter of John Bell). WBA married Maud Alice May Sutton (1884-?) . His siblings were Clement John Wayside Armes (1880-1965) and Harry Louis Armes (1882-1970). WBA's grandparents were Stephen Armes and Hannah Emma Armes (? nee Holt)

Name of creator

(1878-1959)

Biographical history

Born in Mendham, Suffolk. He was apprenticed to a firm of lithographers in Norwich and attended evening classes at the Norwich School of Art in the 1890s. Two of his paintings were accepted for the Royal Academy's summer exhibition in 1899. He worked as a freelance painter at Mendham and later in Swainsthorpe, until he left East Anglia for the painting colony at Newlyn and Lamorna in Cornwall. Here, he met his first wife, Florence Carter Wood, whom he married in January 1912. However, Florence committed suicide in July 1914. After the outbreak of the First World War, Munnings continued with his work in Cornwall, as he had been rejected for war service. In 1917, he became a strapper at the Remount Department at Caldecott Park near Reading, where his job was to test the horses for mange. As part of the Canadian War Memorials' Scheme, he was invited to go to France in early 1918 as a war artist and his paintings were exhibited at Burlington House, London, in January 1919. Shortly after the exhibition, he was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy. In 1944, he succeeded Sir Edwin Lutyens as president of the Acadamy ,and he was knighted the same year.

Archival history

William Bell-Armes (1878-1933, hereafter WBA) is believed to have attended Norwich School of Art and then worked for a number of local firms including Caleys/Tom Smith's crackers, Boulton and Paul and possibly Page Brothers. He was a contemporary and friend of Alfred Munnings and painted with him at times. It is possible that they were at the Norwich School of Art together. Munnings also appears to have worked for Page Brothers and Caleys/Tom Smith's crackers. WBA lived in Norwich at 10 Esdelle Street (from the 1901 census where his occupation is recorded as an architectural draughtsman) and then 58 Plumstead Road (from the 1911 census where his occupation is still architectural draughtsman).

WBA was the son of William F. Armes (1852-1935) and Elizabeth Susannah Armes (1851-1936, daughter of John Bell). WBA married Maud Alice May Sutton (1884-?). His siblings were Clement John Wayside Armes (1880-1965) and Harry Louis Armes (1882-1970). WBA's grandparents were Stephen Armes and Hannah Emma Armes (born Holt).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 14 June 2022 (ACC 2022/37).

Scope and content

Original drawings, sketches and paintings of William Bell-Armes (hereafter WBA) and some sketches/paintings by his mother Elizabeth Armes. Contains one painted portrait of WBA possibly painted by Alfred Munnings. Also includes some photographs of WBA and his mother.

Box 1:

Folder 1: General artwork of WBA including sketches, drawings and some paintings.

Folder 2: : General artwork of WBA including sketches, drawings and some paintings; cartoons by WBA on themes including the Temperance movement, money lending, sea bathing and class/education.

Box 2:
Folder 3: Artwork of WBA, mainly cracker designs; architectural drawings artwork of WBA, mainly Boulton and Paul.

Folder 4: WBA's paintings, mainly Norwich riverside including the Black Tower, Carrow; WBA's drawings and sketches of Norfolk including a Cattle Market (possibly Norwich), horses, boats, nature and buildings etc., mostly unidentified but includes a sketch which may be a draft of the Black Tower, Carrow, painting.

Folder 5: Artwork of Elizabeth Armes, mainly florals and photographs of WBA, his mother, Elizabeth Armes and unidentified.

Box 3:

Portrait painting of WBA, possibly by Alfred Munnings, framed.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

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Conditions governing access

This collection is currently undergoing cleaning work. Please contact the Norfolk Record Office before you visit to ensure it is available by emailing norfrec@norfolk.gov.uk or telephoning 01603 222599.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Reasonable condition.

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Status

Uncatalogued

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