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Edgar Allan Howes

Male 1888 - Abt 1969  (81 years)


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  • Name Edgar Allan Howes  [1, 2
    Reverend Frederick William Golden Howes Family
    Reverend Frederick William Golden Howes Family
    Richmond Surrey
    Birth Abt 1887  East Dereham, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Birth 11 Jan 1887  [2
    Born 11 Jan 1888  East Dereham, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gender Male 
    Birth Abt Feb 1888  Mitford RD, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Honour Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors 
    Name Alan Edgar Howes  [5
    Name Alan Howes  [5
    Name E Howes  [7
    Name Edgar A Howes  [8
    Name Edgar Alan Howes  [4
    Residence 5 Apr 1891  9 High Street, East Dereham, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 31 Mar 1901  29 Norwich Road, East Dereham, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Occupation 2 Apr 1911  [4
    Art Student - sculptor 
    Residence 19 St Peter's Square, Chiswick, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Dates not known but, thanks to correspondent Kate McRae, recent sales partculars of the house disclose that he lived there during the 20th century
    Residence 2 Apr 1911  4 Clarence Road, Kew Gardens, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 9 Sep 1925  28 St Mary's Grove, Richmond, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Died Abt Nov 1969  Cambridge RD, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • From sculpture.gla.ac.uk:
      Howes studied at the Royal Academy Schools, where he won the Landseer scholarship, and then at the Slade School of Art. From the early 1920s Howes exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and in smaller group shows in London galleries. A bronze group of a 'Madonna of the Lily' was purchased from the Royal Academy in 1926 by the Queen. Howes is credited with making a relief of a mother with two children for the facade of the Bermondsey Health Centre in 1937 (Grange Road, London SE1). In the early 1940s Howes created a sculptured glass memorial window in memory of Herman and Marguerite Kleinwort for their seven daughters, it was installed at St Peter's, Boughton Monchelsea, Kent (installed c.1942-44)

      From RichmondHistory.org.uk
      For public authorities works of art can be embarrassing gifts. Too often they attract graffiti and derision rather than admiration. None more so than Richmond’s notorious ‘Bulbous Betty’. This statue by Alan Howes now presides over the calm waters of a pool at the top of the Terrace Gardens, eliciting little more then polite puzzlement among passing pedestrians – neatly caught in this painting by Ron Berryman. She seems wonderfully oblivious of the extraordinary furore she provoked on her arrival there in 1952.

      The setting is appropriate, as her true title is ‘Aphrodite’, echoing perhaps Botticelli’s painting of her birth off the coast of Cyprus. The style, however, is that of the modernist idiom of the 1950s, and it excited outrage among some of the councillors and even more of the citizens of Richmond. Controversy raged in the letters columns of the Richmond and Twickenham Times, ‘Bulbous Betty’ being only one of a number of derisory nicknames suggested in a heated correspondence that the editor brought to a close after no fewer than 84 letters. She was described as being an insult to human form, and schoolchildren were forbidden to look at her. One letter declared the ‘the sculpture is as disturbing to gentlemen, as Father Thames is to maidens’. Ron Berryman’s article, ‘The Disgracing of Aphrodite’, wittily describes how she survived what eventually became a matter for national debate.

      Also a brief bio in Artists' Biography at issuu.com and a full description of "Bulbous Betty" at
      http://www.brentforddockresidents.co.uk/sculptures/aphrodite.php

      Note too that several of Edgar's works (mainly photos of his scupltures) are available online at museums.vam.ac.uk, under the name Allan Edgar Howes.
    Person ID I7032  ONS
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2017 

    Father Robert William Howes,   b. Abt May 1855, Cley next the Sea, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Nov 1921, Richmond RD, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Mother Emily Howlett,   b. Abt Aug 1859, North Walsham, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt May 1881  Hackney RD, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Witness 15 Apr 1911 
    Family ID F7298  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Amy Seymour Soole,   b. Abt Nov 1886, Richmond RD, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Feb 1967, Newmarket RD, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married Abt May 1925  Richmond RD, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2014 01:51:32 
    Family ID F25096  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1887 - East Dereham, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Jan 1888 - East Dereham, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt Feb 1888 - Mitford RD, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 5 Apr 1891 - 9 High Street, East Dereham, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 31 Mar 1901 - 29 Norwich Road, East Dereham, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 2 Apr 1911 - 4 Clarence Road, Kew Gardens, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt May 1925 - Richmond RD, Surrey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt Nov 1969 - Cambridge RD, Cambridgeshire Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S476] BMD register (England & Wales) - births - multiple sources.

    2. [S480] BMD register (England & Wales) - deaths - multiple sources.

    3. [S5] 1891 census.

    4. [S156] 1911 census - UK.

    5. [S1582] Mapping of Sculpture, (sculpture.gla.ac.uk).

    6. [S35] Freebmd.

    7. [S1626] Immigration record - mother.

    8. [S475] BMD register (England & Wales) - marriages - multiple sources.

    9. [S6] 1901 census.