Albert Houthuesen Catalogue
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Albert Houthuesen
Chronology
1903
Born 3rd October at 263 Albert Cuyp Straat, Amsterdam.
Christened Albertus Johannes Houthuesen.
 
1911
Father dies on 5th November.
 
1912
Moves to London with mother, sister, and two brothers. Mother sets up a boarding house at 20 Constantine Rd, Hampstead. Albert attends Fleet Rd Elementary School.
 
1917-1923
Already delivering groceries after school and on Saturdays when he leaves school in 1917. Begins evening classes at St Martin's School of Art. Visits the great London museums. Becomes a full-time grocer's assistant; then a lens grinder, apprentice engraver, tailor's stencil cutter, furniture restorer; and designer of lettering on architectural stones.
 
1919
Shares a studio in Howland Street with Barnett Freedman, Gerry Ososki and Reginald Brill, fellow students at St Martin's.
 
1921
First of three brief visits to Holland.
 
1922
First attempt at the Royal College of Art scholarship. Becomes a naturalized British citizen.
 
1923
Second scholarship attempt.
 
1924
Awarded an 80 annual scholarship to the Royal College of Art. Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Edward Burra, Ceri Richard and Cecil Collins are among his fellow students.
 
1927
For diploma, paints Supper at Emmaus which Cecil Collins later said 'Touched a mystical stream, a manifestation of a higher form of consciousness.'
Meets Catherine Dean in the autumn.
 
1928
Stays on at College as a student demonstrator. Leaves on 20th July and takes up a poorly paid evening teaching post at the Mary Ward Settlement Working Men's College. Spends a fortnight in the Cotswolds.
 
1929
Evening classes pay a pittance.
 
Undertakes the first of his commissions for the Duke of Bedford (again in 1933, 1936, 1937 and 1938. Sees the Diaghilev Ballet 'Le Tricorne' with the original Picasso sets and costumes.
 
Catherine leaves the Royal College of Art and takes a teaching post in Manchester. Albert remains in London, staying the the Rothensteins before moving back to Constantine Rd.
 
1930
Catherine (with an annual salary of 130) takes Albert and her mother for a fortnight's holiday in the Lake District.
 
1931
Albert and Catherine marry on 3rd October. And rent rooms at 20 Abbey Gardens, St John's Wood.
 
1932
The first of many sojourns in the mining village of Trelogan, North Wales. Also visits Devon and Sussex and paints his first seascapes.
 
1935
Catherine suffers a miscarriage.
 
1936
Albert is very ill with a duodenal ulcer.
 
1937
Begins work on the Duchess of Bedford's memorial window (completed in 1938).
 
1938
Move to studio flat in 37b Greville Rd, St John's Wood.
 
1940
Bombing badly damages their home. Damp subsequently destroys over forty paintings placed in war-time storage. Albert is rejected by the army on health grounds. And becomes a tracer at the London North East Railway draftsmen's office in Doncaster.
 
1944
His 'war work' leads to a severe nervous breakdown. Meets the Hermans, a family of Russian Jewish musical clowns and makes his first clown drawings.
 
1945
Elephant and Castle. Received first treatment for high blood-pressure. Visits the ballet many times.
 
1948
Last stay in Wales.
 
1950
Autumn move to Stone Hall, Oxted in Surrey.
 
1952
Moves to first (and last) homes, in Love Walk, Camberwell, southeast London.
 
1961
First one-man exhibition, in May, at the Reid Gallery, London.
Has operation in June.
 
1963
Second exhibition at Reids.
 
1964
Victor Waddington becomes his representative.
 
1966
Mother dies, aged ninety-two.
 
1967
Represented by the Mercury Gallery who hold third exhibition.
Albert and Richard Nathanson begin their conversations.
 
1974
Richard Nathanson becomes Albert's representative and, over the next five years, arranges seven exhibitions of his work.
 
1977
BBC broadcast the documentary Walk to the Moon on Albert's life and work.
 
1979
Albert dies at home on October 20.
 
2010
Lecture/Presentation by Richard Nathanson, Wimbledon Book Festival, October 5.
 
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