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Katieo

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Maurice Canning Wilks
« on: November 12, 2017, 02:44:14 PM »
Hello, just wondering if anyone out there would know or even have known Maurice Canning Wilks? Maurice was an artist born 1910/11 in Belfast.  One of his Portraits is of his daughter Rosemary Wilks but i'm not sure what year it was done and I have not been able to find out any details of Rosemary. Maybe someone would be able to share any information with me. Thank you.

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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2017, 05:21:19 PM »
     Maurice was born in 1910. His father was Randall Wilks:
https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_returns/births_1911/01542/1624567.pdf
 
GRONI has a marriage for Maurice Wilks to Mary Shephard Belfast 21.12.1939. So, if thatís the right family, Rosemary would likely be born after that. You would need to go into PRONI or GRONI to search for her birth. But you can look at the marriage certificate to get Mauriceís address etc on the GRONI website, for £2.50.


Randall Wilks is buried in Dundonald cemetery. He died in 1940 and his address then was 34 Sagimor Gardens.
 
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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2017, 06:02:57 PM »
Brilliant! Many thanks!

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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 04:13:50 PM »
i looked through about half of his work ~500 illustrations, but ran out of time  in  https://www.invaluable.co.uk/auction-lot/maurice-canning-wilks-arha-rua-1910-1984-319-c-46e603f3fc# as you may know the appearance of Rosemary she could easily be in this dated collection even as sketch etc
 

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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 08:08:13 PM »
It is very time consuming, I found the portrait of Rosemary but promptly lost it lol! I'm not even sure if I could actually date the portrait by her dress but would hazard a guess at late 50's early 60's.  What I really need is to find someone who knew Maurice but would imagine most would be no longer with us. Thank you for taking the time to look!

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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2017, 12:48:02 AM »
If it's not an intrusive question, may we  ask the purpose of your research. ?

He passed in 1984.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Canning_Wilks

This is a gallery of thumbnail pictures of his works, left click on any thumbnail to enlarge it.

http://www.artnet.com/artists/maurice-canning-wilks/

This is the sale of the portrait of his daughter.

http://www.artnet.com/artists/maurice-canning-wilks/portrait-of-miss-rosemary-wilks-the-artists-6dS9u155lSeq0yPrncMsLA2

Right click on the picture to download and save it.

http://www.artnet.com/WebServices/images/ll00638lldP1uGFguuv22CfDrCWvaHBOckNKD/maurice-canning-wilks-portrait-of-miss-rosemary-wilks,-the-artists-daughter.jpg


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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2017, 02:05:31 AM »
Might this portrait by the same artist be a later picture of his daughter, they look very similar. ?

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/female-portrait-169684/search/actor:wilks-maurice-canning-19101984/page/1/view_as/grid

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/search/actor:wilks-maurice-canning-19101984

https://static.artuk.org/w944h944/NID/NID_RUA_PCF11.jpg



This is a portrait of the artist by CARSON Robert Taylor, 1919-2008 (Ireland (…ire))

Title : PORTRAIT OF MAURICE C. WILKS, WITH PIPE
Date : 1944

http://www.artvalue.com/auctionresult--carson-robert-taylor-1919-2008-portrait-of-maurice-c-wilks-wi-1735573.htm

https://i.pinimg.com/564x/d5/53/fa/d553fa67e06f6718fbbcecfa69702a80.jpg



This is supposedly a self portrait of the artist National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland in the University of Limerick, but that's unconfirmed, their title for it appears to be, Untitled Pastel and acrylic by Maurice C. Wilks RUA ARHA (1910-1984).

https://i.pinimg.com/564x/78/ee/21/78ee2167cb6445212acfb216f04b8ee7.jpg



This is a portrait of his wife Berry.

WILKS Maurice Canning, 1911-1984 (Ireland (…ire))
Title : Portrait of a lady - His Wife Berry

http://www.artvalue.com/auctionresult--wilks-maurice-canning-1911-198-portrait-of-a-lady-his-wife-be-2532418.htm

http://media.findartinfo.com/images/artwork/2010/6/a002214470-001.jpg



Portrait of Berry Wilks , 1970 by Maurice Canning Wilks

http://www.artnet.com/artists/maurice-canning-wilks/portrait-of-berry-wilks-IoSJrG1kgVgosr5Bhldlsg2

http://www.artnet.com/WebServices/images/ll00101lld7xGGFg4FECfDrCWvaHBOcu1v/maurice-canning-wilks-portrait-of-berry-wilks.jpg


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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017, 02:56:06 PM »
Purpose of my research is quite "sensitive" and we were not aware he had a daughter called Rosemary so this has come as a bit of a surprise and I'm trying to find out when and where she was born and who her mother was, I know it wasn't to his wife Berry.  I thank you for your help and I hadn't seen the portrait which could be Rosemary (in red). I have the permission of his daughter to carry out research. So very difficult to explain within a public forum hope you will understand.  Kate.

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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2017, 01:23:05 PM »
would anyone know who bought the portrait of Rosemary or how I could find out where it is, please?


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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2017, 04:34:42 AM »


Of course that is a very private and sensitive matter.

Sale of the picture in Dublin in 2002, but of course that is only a starting point, because, how many  previous owners did it have. ?

http://whytes.ie/IrishArt/i2ArchivesResult.asp?Search=rosemary&offset=-1
Second picture up from the bottom of the page.

http://whytes.ie/Irish-Art/i2ContactUs.asp

http://whytes.ie/Irish-Art/i2AboutUs.asp


http://whytes.ie/Irish-Art/i2WhosWho.asp


"ROSEMARY"
"MAURICE CANNING WILKS ARHA RUA (1911-1984)"
"Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 May 2002 / 141"
"Published Estimate: Ä10,000-12,000"
"Price Realised: Ä "
"Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with title and date on reverse"
"Medium: oil on canvas"

Was that the original portrait title, or was that an abbreviation of the original title, or was it the original title, and did someone at some time get a bit creative and add the biographical information to the title,... so that needs to be checked, if possible.

More of his picture sales.
http://whytes.ie/IrishArt/i2ArchivesResult.asp?Search=canning

ARHA = Associate of the  Royal Hibernian Academy  aka the RHA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Hibernian_Academy

http://www.rhagallery.ie/

http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/irish-artists/maurice-wilks.htm


RUA = Royal Ulster Academy (of Arts ) of which he was an early Academician member in or near 1930, when the Belfast Art Society became the the Ulster Academy of Arts,... which in 1950 became the The Royal Ulster Academy of Arts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Ulster_Academy

http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/irish-art-organizations/royal-ulster-academy-arts.htm

https://www.royalulsteracademy.org/

https://www.facebook.com/RoyalUlsterAcademy


It's present Patron is James Hamilton, 5th Duke of Abercorn.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hamilton,_5th_Duke_of_Abercorn

http://www.thepeerage.com/p11283.htm#i112823

His seat is Baronscourt, near Newtownstewart, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
https://barons-court.com/

A bit of bio about the artist, which you're probably already aware of.
https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Maurice_Canning_Wilks

Assuming that the title of the portrait is correct, and bear in mind that somebody might have gott creative with the original title, and you'll need to try and confirm the original title of the painting,... but if she is his daughter, then a few things to consider.

When was she born of course, and her clothing might give a clue about that, as would the date of the painting.

She might have been born as a result of one of his overseas trips.

Presumably he wasn't married to her mother, and so, depending on where and when she was born, it might have been possible for the father to list his surname on the birth records, so that she would have his surname, and if that happened, her surname might have been either Wilkes, or Canning Wilkes,... and if that didn't happen, then her surname would usually have been the same as her mother's maiden surname.

The painting suggests that he had some form of personal contact with her when she was an adult, either direct personal contact, or by correspondence, either with her, or via her mother.

A man in his professional circumstances and situation, might well have had a lawyer to look after his business affairs,... and as he had some form of contact with his daughter as an adult, presumably he might also have made some sort of financial provision for her as a child, and or as an adult,... and if so, that might have been done via a lawyer.

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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2017, 05:15:16 AM »

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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2017, 05:54:42 AM »
     Maurice seems likely to have left a will. Wills for 1984 are not on-line but are held in PRONI. It might be worth obtaining a copy to see who is mentioned in that will. PRONI staff will show you how to search for the will if you are unfamiliar with their system.
 
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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2017, 06:22:37 AM »
Maurice seems likely to have left a will. Wills for 1984 are not on-line but are held in PRONI. It might be worth obtaining a copy to see who is mentioned in that will. PRONI staff will show you how to search for the will if you are unfamiliar with their system.
Yes Elwyn, good idea, and it's about time that they got more recent records on line, those are already available on the mainland up to the present.

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/search-will-calendars

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/about-wills-and-will-calendars

I was thinking though that in order to keep the matter private from his family, he might have made a separate provision for her via his lawyer and during his lifetime,... and also, where did he pass. ?

I can't recall, but I don't think that has been mentioned, and he had more than one studio in Southern Ireland at various times, and possibly also a lawyer in Southern Ireland at some periods.

Also, when did his wife pass, and might she have already been aware of the existence of another daughter, and if not, and if his wife survived him, and the other daughter was also mentioned in the will, that would have made his wife aware of her if she hadn't already been.

Also, I assume that any children of the marriage would have been adults by the time that he passed and might therefore perhaps have been aware of the contents of a will. ?

You see, people make inquiries like this, and they tend to not think it through fully, and not to fully  realise, the potential possible significance of related bits of information, which can make it a tad nebulous.

They tend to focus on the main topic/issue, and don't fully realise the potential significance and possible value of the related aspects, such as for example, when did he marry, did his wife survive him, were his children mentioned in a will. ?

Where was he living when he passed, and so on.

Is there any family resemblance in any of the pictures. ?

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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2017, 06:36:50 AM »
Long nose, similar chin and proportions,... might this be the same woman at an older age,... any family resemblance in any of the pictures. ?

Might that possibly be a preliminary study for an intended portrait. ?



https://www.rosss.com/lot-details/maurice-canning-wilks-arha-rua/female-portrait/40370/

https://www.rosss.com/artist/maurice-canning-wilks-arha-rua/207/

https://www.rosss.com/about/

https://www.rosss.com/contact/

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Re: Maurice Canning Wilks
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2017, 06:42:17 AM »
     I canít see where he died in any of the biographical sources on-line but he seems to have had assets in Northern Ireland eg a cottage in the Glens, so even if he died in the Republic or elsewhere, there seems likely to be a probate file in NI, even if itís just a re-seal of a file created somewhere else.  Neither the NI will calendars for 1984 nor the wills themselves are on-line yet. But they are easy enough to use in PRONI. I did check the UKGov site for a probate file in England & Wales but there isnít one listed. National Archives in Dublin is the place to search for a probate file in the Republic of Ireland but again I donít think files for 1984 or subsequent years are on-line. See:
 
http://www.nationalarchives.ie/genealogy1/genealogy-records/wills-testamentary-records/
 
Whether the will contains mention of the daughter is another matter, but there is only one way to find out. A common way of making provision for someone you donít want to mention directly in a will, is to set up a secret trust. So you leave money to a solicitor or some other trusted person, to administer. So sometimes the trust is mentioned in the will, even if the beneficiary is not.
 
 
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