Frederick John WIDGERY

F.J.WIDGERY was born in Exeter in May 1861.
He was educated at Exeter Cathedral School and then went of Exeter School of Art, then on to South Kensington Museum Schools. Subsequently he studied in the National Art School, Antwerp, with Charles Verlat. He also studied at Professor Herkomer's School at Bushy.
He illustrated several books on the Devonshire countryside.
He played a very active part in city life, being elected to the City council in 1898 and then becoming mayor in November 1903.
He was made an Honorary Freeman of Exeter on March 11th 1905, and an Alderman in 1909
His work was very successful during his own lifetime. His reputation spread as his paintings were taken to America, Australia and other places overseas.
He had six paintings exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, five at the Royal Academy, three at the Royal Institute of painters in watercolours and three at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
He died on January 27th, 1942, a the age of 81.
His initials became incorporated in the car registration numbers for Exeter.
He is celebrated for his evocations of the landscapes of Cornwall and of Devon, where Dartmoor was a favourite subject.
F.J. Widgery was the son of William Widgery, another artist. It was William Widgery who erected the granite cross on Brai or Brat Tor, on Dartmoor, in honour of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.That tor has become known as Widgery Tor a result.