Mayor F J Widgery

Photograph portrait of Mayor F J Widgery of Exeter (c. 1903-1904). The subject sits left to right wearing robes, trimmed with ermine and chain of office. This photograph would have been composed to commemorate his election as mayor and to represent his time in office.

Widgery was born in 1861, attended the Exeter Cathedral School, where he then went on to study art. He became a prominent local landscape painter. He also involved himself heavily in local Exeter institutions including the Rotary Club. He became elected to the city council in 1898 and was elected for mayor in 1903. In 1905 he was given Honorary Freedom of Exeter in 1905. Widgery was instrumental to the setting up of the Exeter Pictorial Record Society which recorded much of the cities landscape and environment. He was involved with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and School of Art, which helped establish himself as an artist. In 1931 he donated his collection of sketches and art to RAMM. He was best known for his watercolours of Devon, Dartmoor and Exmoor. Widgery died on the 27th January 1942 at 81 years of age.

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sepia print on paper
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Mayor F J Widgery
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Edwardian (1901-1914)
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Mayor F J Widgery