Tagged: Three Men
23rd August 2013 at 8:50 pm #222AndrewKeymaster
ORIGINALLY POSTED BYnj stafford baker 03 February, 2006, 08:02:56 PM
When I was very small my Grandfather told me stories and retold then again and again. One goes as follows:
A boat trip was organised by JKJ, and an artist friend, John Phillips Stafford (an ocassional exhibitor in the RA in the 1890s) and an other.
They had arranged to hire a donkey pull the boat rather than row.
Started out, but found the donkey very obstreperous, so left the animal
with a riverside inn-keeper, and wired to John Phillips Stafford’s apprentice, to come down and PULL the boat for a few guineas. He was then in his teens, but strong. He was my Grandfather, and his name was the same as mine, Julius Stafford Baker. There were two apprentices
learning – one lived in, but my Grandfather not. The studio was purpose built as a studio, with a row of others alike, in Fulham. Phil May was
part of the circle of friends, plus other visiting Americans. There was
a strong family connection with America.
I would very much like it if any member can add to or confirm this story.
Julius Stafford Baker23rd August 2013 at 8:51 pm #223AndrewKeymaster
ORIGINALLY POSTED BY seanwiles 04 February, 2006, 10:03:19 PM
This is a mysterious and interesting tale, I would like to know more, is there some connection between john phillips stafford and julius stafford baker? if not the stafford bit is a hell of a coincidence.
also , who was Phil May?
and “a few guineas” was quite a lot of money to pay an apprentice in the 1890’s