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Wynford Dewhurst (Smith)

Also Known As: "Thomas William Smith"
Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Newton Heath, Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Death: July 09, 1941 (77)
145 Belvedere Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Repton, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of James Robert Allen Smith and Ellen Smith (Dewhurst)
Husband of Antonia Dewhurst (von Bulow)
Father of Colonel Frederick Wynford von Bulow Dewhurst; Romaine Marguerite Dewhurst and Claude Hector von Bulow Dewhurst
Brother of Annie Marsden (Smith); Sarah Ellen Pawson (Smith); Albert James Dewhurst Smith; Frederick Allen Smith; Franklin Howard Smith and 2 others

Occupation: Artist
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About Wynford Dewhurst


Dewhurst, born Thomas William Smith in Newton Heath in 1864, moved on from Manchester quite early in his career, and never returned permanently to its streets.


Dewhurst was born into a relatively affluent family, and it was originally intended that he should study and practice law. He had talents as an artist, however, and when he was twenty-seven he decided to make a living as a painter. Like numerous others at the time he headed for Paris, then the focus of attention from many aspiring artists. Once there he fell under the spell of the Impressionists: “my conversion into an enthusiastic Impressionist was short, in fact an instantaneous process”. Dewhurst, described as a “committed Francophile”, remained in France until 1900, and produced “80% of his output there”. He also married a fellow art-student, Antonia von Bulow, a German from an aristocratic family. His work began to be shown at the Paris Salon from 1897.

When he returned to Britain he lived in Buckinghamshire, but frequently visited France to paint.

Review of Wynford Dewhurst:: Manchester's Monet, Penniless Press

Wynford was born in Manchester of the 26th January 1864. He was taught by a private tutor and proceeded to Mintholme College. Although he was originally going to enter the legal profession, his flair for art led to articles and to drawings being published in various journals etc. He subsequently studied art at École des Beaux-Arts, Paris where he studied under Jean-Léon Gérome and at the ateliers of Julien and Colarosis.

Wynford's style was strongly influenced by the impressionists and particularly Monet and he was known for his views of the countryside around Dieppe and of the Seine valley. His work was exhibited worldwide including shows in Paris, London, Venice and exhibited at Buenos Aires, Rome and the Royal Academy etc.

Wynford lectured on modern painting, and published on French landscapists in The Artist and The Studio. In 1909 he wrote a book-length study entitled Impressionist Painting: its Genesis and Development and dedicated it to Monet.

In 1898, after living in Paris, Dewhurst came to Leighton Buzzard, and was back again in the town in 1907. From 1907 to 1910 he sat on Buckinghamshire County Council. Subsequently he moved to Tunbridge Wells and by 1917 he was in Hampstead.

Wynford was married to Antonia, with whom he had three sons and three daughters. He died on the 9th July 1941, at 145 Belvedere Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire and was buried at Repton, Derbyshire.

Wynford Dewhurst (1864 - 1941), artist and writer on art, Leighton Buzzard People

The show, called Manchester’s Monet, celebrates one of the most colourful and controversial characters on the Anglo-French art scene at the turn of the 20th century. It also invites visitors to ask whether Dewhurst was more than just a Monet obsessive – he named his youngest son Claude and painted a suspicious number of pictures round the corner from Monet’s lily pads in Giverny – and worthy of veneration in his own right, not just as a painter but also an art historian who introduced Britain to the joys of impressionism.

Wynford Dewhurst was not his real name. It probably just sounded more romantic than boring old Thomas William Smith, the identity he was given on birth in 1864 in grubby Newton Heath in north Manchester. He changed it by deed poll at the start of his final year of art training in Paris, where he had gone after abandoning a career in law.

Wynford Dewhurst: art of ‘Manchester's Monet’ goes on show

England, Manchester, Parish Registers

  • Name Thomas William Smith
  • Event Type Christening
  • Event Date 13 Mar 1864
  • Event Place All Saints, Newton, Lancashire, England
  • Gender Male
  • Father's Name James Robert Allen Smith
  • Mother's Name Ellen Smith


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Wynford Dewhurst's Timeline

January 26, 1864
Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
March 13, 1864
Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
May 12, 1897
Age 33
Paris, France
April 3, 1904
Age 40
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
May 14, 1908
Age 44
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
July 9, 1941
Age 77
Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Repton, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom