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Fred Elwell RA was born in Beverley on the 29 June 1870. This year marks the 150th Anniversary since his birth.
Elwell was popular both in East Yorkshire and further afield in London and on the Continent. Ferens Art Gallery has a number of his most enduringly popular paintings in the permanent collection, including his masterpiece, The First Born, (1913). He was a talented realist artist, whose depictions of everyday life in East Yorkshire from over a century ago continue to draw a strong emotional reaction from audiences.

12 artworks
Self Portrait
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Self Portrait 1911

Frederick William Elwell (1870–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 76 x W 63.5 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The Landlord
© Ferens Art Gallery. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Landlord 1935

Frederick William Elwell (1870–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 137.2 x W 83.8 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The Wedding Dress
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Wedding Dress 1911

Frederick William Elwell (1870–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 128.3 x W 102.5 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Landscape
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Landscape c.1900

Frederick William Elwell (1870–1958)

Oil on oak panel

H 29.2 x W 41 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

In a Bar
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

In a Bar 1943

Frederick William Elwell (1870–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 82 x W 62.5 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The First Born
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The First Born 1913

Frederick William Elwell (1870–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 102.3 x W 127.3 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The Housekeeper's Room
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Housekeeper's Room 1911

Frederick William Elwell (1870–1958)

Oil on panel

H 113 x W 92 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The War Worker
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The War Worker 1919

Frederick William Elwell (1870–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 108 x W 127.8 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Still Life: The Pickwick Club
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Still Life: The Pickwick Club c.1950

Frederick William Elwell (1870–1958)

Oil on plywood panel

H 71.4 x W 92 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The Badminton Court
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Badminton Court 1926

Frederick William Elwell (1870–1958)

Oil on plywood

H 91.5 x W 71 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Interior Study
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Interior Study 1937 (?)

Mary Dawson Elwell (1874–1952)

Oil on canvas

H 63.2 x W 76.5 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The Last Purchase (The New Purchase)
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Last Purchase (The New Purchase) 1921

Frederick William Elwell (1870–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 102 x W 127 cm

Ferens Art Gallery