William Kilbride BLACKLOCK

William Kilbride BLACKLOCK

Born in Sunderland, in 1872, William Kilbride Blacklock was the second son of John Blacklock, a painter, and his wife Eleanor KIlbride, who were married at Sunderland in 1770. In the 1881 Census, William was an 8 year old living at 5 Hudson’s Buildings, Bishop Wearmouth, Sunderland with his parents and his two siblings, all born in Sunderland. His father died in 1886 and in 1891 young William was an 18 year old lithographer’s apprentice living at 10 Corporation Road, Rickersgate, Carlisle where his widowed mother was a publican. They had moved by 1901 to 4 Dixon Street, where William, still a lithographer, lived with his mother who was described as a ‘boarding house keeper’.

He then studied at the School of Art in Edinburgh and the Royal College of Art in London and became a painter in oil and watercolor.  Living in London, he married at Chelsea in 1909, [Nellie] Ellen Eliza RICHARDSON. He seems to have added ‘Kay’ as his middle name when he took up as an artist. Nellie, a painter in her own right who exhibited at the RA, was also his model for a series of paintings from 1910 to 1917. William probably also painted in Holland, as the subjects and titles of his paintings suggest, and his subject matter and style is akin to that of Elizabeth FORBES.

 In the 1911 Census Blacklock is listed as a 41 year old artist painter at 46 Gunder Grove, Chelsea with his wife, and a one year old daughter Eleanor Irene, who had been born in Chelsea.  By 1912 they had moved to 'The Barn' Walberswick, where there was an active artists' community. In 1916 they were still living there. In 1921 their address was 152 Fosse Road, South Leicester, but they moved on to Liskeard, Cornwall. Blacklock died in Polperro, Cornwall in 1924.


This entry was updated thanks to information received from a correspondent in 2017.


Painter of genre scenes and landscape in watercolour and oils

works and access

Access to work:  Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool;  Auction catalogues


RA (1897-1918); Royal Institute of Water Colour Painters, Royal Scottish Academy

Birmingham Royal Society of Artists, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, London Salon, Manchester City Art Gallery, the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters from 1897-1921, from Sunderland in 1897, London 1898 and 1909, from Edinburgh School of Art 1902, Walberswick, Suffolk 1912, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire 1918 and Leicester in 1919.



misc further info

New file: WCAA


Referred by B Flannagan (Huntingdon) 2011, with thanks. Information updated by Tony Copsey of www.suffolkpainters.co.uk in Feb 2013.