Reginald P Phillimore
Artist from Lancashire
Phillimore (full name Reginald Phillimore
Phillimore) was born near
Manchester on 23 December 1855. He died one day after his
86th birthday. He worked initially as a teacher in
Lancashire, maintaining his interest in painting.
He was an oil and watercolour
artist, producing his first work in 1873. He
exhibited at the Royal Academy in London and at the Royal Scottish
Academy in Edinburgh. He was also an etcher with a keen
interest in history, and author of guide books.
Moved to North Berwick
However, a change
of lifestyle occurred In 1894. He was left a house in North
Berwick, on the Firth of Forth to the east of Edinburgh, by his
Scottish aunts. He set up his studio there.
With the rise in popularity
of the picture postcard from the 1890s onwards, he turned his hand
to these and produced almost 700 different cards (or many more if
variations are included).
From the front window of his house,
Rockstowes, 9 Melbourne Road, North Berwick, he was able to look
out to the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth. He included it
on many of his postcards, including the one above.
His postcards had a
distinctive appearance. They often included historical notes
and small sketches on both the front and the back, as well as the
main subject. They were printed in black and white on
sepia. Some including delicate hand-colouring, done for him
by a 14-year-old girl from North Berwick.
RP Phillimore produced some
postcards of cathedrals, castles and villages in England, but most
of his views were of Scotland - particularly scenes of old
Edinburgh and of the Firth of Forth at the Bass Rock, close to his
North Berwick studio.
He produced the postcards
himself, selling them for 1/2d each. He used at least 15
different publishers. Many were printed in Berlin by the
phototype or collotype process.
Most of the details
above are taken from:
The work of Reginald P Phillimore in old picture postcards
Lived to age 86
RP Phillimore died at 7 Melbourne Road, North Berwick, aged
86, on 24 December 1941.
The death certificate reports that his parents (both
- Father: William Phillimore
Phillimore, formerly Stiff, medical practitioner
Mary Elizabeth Phillimore Phillimore m.s.
The Phillimore Name
The name chance mentioned above explains why members of
the Phillimore family had two Phillimores in their names. They
presumably had Phillimore as a 'middle name' when Reginald's father decided
that the surname should be changed from Still to Phillimore.
With acknowledgement to DE
Beets of Letchworth, England for details of the death certificate above
[Registration District 713 North Berwick, Entry No 51] . These details
appear in DE Beets' notes on RP Phillimore's postcards.
have two Phillimore watercolours hanging in our lunge. I
believe that he used to do the drawings and that Mary Pearson, a
local girl, did the colouring.
the watercolours was done from the front window of the house of
his friend, Dr Richardson. The other is a scene in the
Do these have an value?
Sheila Montgomery: April
Thanks, Sheila, for telling me the name
of the local girl who did the colouring for RP Phillimore. I
assume this is the same girl as I referred to above as a
14-year-old girl from North Berwick.
I don't know what value your water
colours might have, but I did hear of a couple of Phillimore
sketches that were sold for abut £40 each a few years ago.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: April 21, 2011
George T Smith
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island,
British Columbia, Canada
Thank you to George
page on the
Artfact web site might provide some of the elusive values that
some of your viewers seem to want."
George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island,
British Columbia, Canada: April 22,
Artfact claims to be the
world's largest auction database. The link above points to a
Reginald P Philimore page on the Artfact web site. I've
never used the Artfact web site, and don't know what would be
involved if I clicked on 'Subscribe Now'.
If you have a look at the
Artfact web site,
please email me to let me know whether or not you found it
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: April 22, 2011