- Philip Norman
Philip E Norman FSA (
9 July 1842- 17 May 1931) was a British artist, author and antiquary.
Born in 1842 in
Bromley, he was the son of George Warde Norman (1793-1882) and brother of Frederick Henry Norman, the merchant banker.
He was educated at
Eton Collegewhere he was a notable cricketer, and where, at the age of 17, he won the 120 yards hurdlerace in the then record time of 18 seconds. He was later to play one season of first-class cricketin 1865 with the Gentlemen of Kent.
He was trained as a draughtsman and painter in watercolours at the
Slade School, often exhibiting at the Royal Academy. A large part of his work consisted of depicting parts of Londonthat he knew, particularly buildings or areas which stood as a survivor of a bygone past or which were about to be demolished. Norman also recorded the history of the buildings which he painted or photographed, and works such as "London Vanished and Vanishing", written in 1905, provide a fascinating record of bygone London. The historian Hermione Hobhousehas described Norman as one-third of the "triumvirate" of key figures whose works record the topography of London between 1890 and 1950, the others being Walter Hindes Godfrey and Percy Wells Lovell.
Norman was elected a
Fellowof the Society of Antiquaries in 1886, acting as Treasurer from 1897 to 1913 and Vice-President from 1913 to 1917.
He died in 1931 in
South Kensingtonat the age of 88. His photographs are now held by the National Monuments Recordand his watercolour paintings and drawings of London are kept by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
* "London Signs and Inscriptions", London: Elliot Stock, (1893)
* "London Buildings Photographed, 1860-1870", London Topographical Record II, (1903)
* "London Vanished and Vanishing", London: Adam & Charles Black, (1905)
* "Survey of London", London County Council, (1909)
* "Cromwell House Highgate: Its history and associations", London: John Murray, (1917)
* "The London City Churches", London: The London Society, (1929)
*cite journal |year=1931 |month=May 30 |title=Obituary: Philip Norman |journal=Notes and Queries |pages=396 |issn=0029-3970
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