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Frederick Gill

Epithet: Artist (1863-1917)

Record type: Biographies

Biography: Frederick Gill was born in the Isle of Man in 1863, son of William and Elizabeth Gill. He served an apprenticeship as a carpenter on the Island in the Laxey area and after receiving his indentures he went on to work as a ship's carpenter. He worked on the shipping line of Elder-Demster in Liverpool and later as a joiner for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. He never had formal training as an artist, but made Manx cottages, fishing boats and Steam Packet vessels the main focus of his paintings. His main period of work was between 1890 and 1914, working in monochrome and coloured oils. He joined the merchant navy at the outbreak of the First World War and was killed on 6 December 1917 when his ship the S.S. Asaba was torpedoed near Anglesey.

Karl Garrett, who is a direct descendent of Gill, is also a Manx artist whose works have been exhibited on island, with a mixture of contemporary paintings and sculptures. He is based in Peel, Isle of Man.

Occupation / profession: Artist

Gender: Male

Date of birth: 1863

Place of birth: Isle of Man

Date of death: 1917

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Update from family records - W.A.Barwell Report this

If this biography relates to the person torpedoed on the Asaba, it is not the son of Reverend William Gill! I think that the entry for Fred Gill relates to my grandma’s brother . He worked for the Elder Dempster line and did some of his painting when he was at sea ., Grandma said that he had been shipwrecked twice and told her that he wouldn’t survive another one. From the family bible he was born in Douglas 4/4/1863 along with his twin brother Albert and were Christened at Braddan. They lived at that time in Athol St Two doors away from Charles and Elizabeth Moore. This is significant as William and Elizabeth Gill ( Moore) moved to Liverpool to find work Fred stopped with the Moores and Bertie went to Liverpool (Everton) My grandma Edith Annie Gill and her mother and father came back and in 1891 were living at the Fuschia Cottages at Ballagawne Lonan .from where she was married in1891 to Thomas Barwell and went to live at the Coan Rhennie Fred did an oil painting of th - W.A.Barwell Report this

This is my grandfather Arthur Edward Gill B.EM father - Helen Delaney Report this

This is my grandfather Arthur GillB.E.M father my grandfather and mother did a lot for the Peel Royal British Legion - Helen Delaney Report this

I have just been clearing my late parents loft and found two F Gill paintings of Manx Cottages - both dated 1914. Is there a catalogue of F. Gill's paintings? - John Qualtrough Report this

I have just been clearing my late parents loft and found two F Gill paintings of Manx Cottages - both dated 1914. Is there a catalogue of F. Gill's paintings? - John Qualtrough Report this

I have an oil painting by F. Gill dated 1909 of two women in Manx dress by a river - Phil Report this

I have an oil painting by F. Gill dated 1909 of two women in Manx dress by a river - Phil Report this

I have an oil painting by F. Gill dated 1909 of two women in Manx dress by a river - Phil Report this

I have an oil painting by F. Gill dated 1909 of two women in Manx dress by a river - Phil Report this