Allen Edward Everitt
|Died||11 June 1882|
|Occupation||Architectural artist and illustrator|
Allen Edward Everitt (1824 – 11 June 1882) was an English architectural artist and illustrator. He was a leading artist in the Birmingham area between 1850 and 1880, and his work is a valuable historical record of local buildings of that period.
Life and work
Everitt was born in Birmingham, the son of Edward Everitt, an art dealer, and grandson of Allen Everitt, a well-known local artist and art teacher. His maternal grandfather was David Parkes, the Shropshire antiquarian. He showed an early talent for art and received lessons from David Cox, with whom he remained a friend. His specialty was drawing old buildings and their interiors. Taking Birmingham as a centre he made careful drawings of almost every spot in the Midlands of archaeological or historical interest. Between the ages of thirty and forty, he made painting tours of Belgium, France and Germany. After this, he devoted himself particularly to building interiors, his work being mainly carried out in watercolour.
In 1857, Everitt joined the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, becoming, in 1858, honorary secretary, a post he held until his death. He taught drawing for many years at the Deaf and Dumb Institution in Church Road, Edgbaston, of which he was also, virtually, the secretary. In 1870, the archaeological section of the Midlands Institute was formed, and Everitt was appointed one of its honorary secretaries. He contributed to its journal, "Transactions", with articles on "Aston Church", "Handsworth Church and its surroundings", "Archaeological researches ten miles around Birmingham", "Northfield Church", "Hampton-in-Arden", "Old houses in the Midlands" etc. He was also, for a time, a member of the general council of the Institute. In June 1880, he was appointed honorary curator of the municipal "Birmingham Free Art Gallery", the forerunner of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
In 1854, Everitt completed a series of drawings of Aston Hall, in Warwickshire, which were used to illustrate Alfred Davidson's History of the Holtes of Aston, Baronets, with a description of the family mansion (see bibliography). He also illustrated John Thackray Bunce's History of old St. Martin's (1875), the parish church of Birmingham.
In 1880, Everitt married Frances Hudson. He died on 11 June 1882, at Edgbaston, where he had lived most of his life, of "congestion of the lungs". His very large collection of sketches has proved to be an invaluable historical record of buildings in the Birmingham area, many of which no longer exist.
- Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1889). "Everitt, Allen Edward". Dictionary of National Biography. 18. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 88–89.
- See: George Griffith. History of the free-schools, colleges, hospitals, and asylums of Birmingham (London: W. Tweedie, 1861) p. 114 ff.
- Handsworth Church & its Surroundings Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine (Digital Handsworth).
Books featuring illustrations by Everitt:
- Davidson, Alfred (1854). A history of the Holtes of Aston etc. Birmingham: E. Everitt.
- Hall, Samuel Carter (1858). The baronial halls, and ancient picturesque edifices of England etc. 1. Willis & Southeran.
- Bunce, John Thackray (1875). History of Old St. Martin's, Birmingham. Birmingham: Cornish Brothers.
- Holme, Charles (1915). Old English mansions etc. London: The Studio.
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