Memories of my Uncle Dudley D Watkins
Will Watkins was a lithographic print artist. He came from London to Nottingham in search of work, where he met and married my Grandmother, Eva Charlotte Dexter. Work must have been in short supply, so my Grandparents moved to Manchester seeking employment. Dudley was born there in 1907 and my Grandparents moved back to Nottingham three months later. They obviously hadn't made their fortune!
When I was a young girl, Dudley and his family would come to Nottingham on holiday once or at the most twice a year to stay with my Grandmother. I can vividly remember sitting on Dudley's knee in my Grandmother's front room watching him ink in the cartoon characters and write the speech bubbles. Such was his work load that he always brought work with him on holiday. In the afternoons we would go out into the countryside and Dudley and my Aunt who was also an artist would set up their easels and sketch. I would run between the two of them to see which drawing I preferred. I always liked Dudley's the best and I would whisper in his ear and tell him so! Dorothy was a fine artist too and I have some of her work, although she emigrated to Salt Lake City to be with her American relatives, the Dexter family who also had artists in the family. Some of my Aunt's paintings are still over the water!
In my Grandmother's front room was a lovely little bureau. I am sitting at it now working at my laptop. I wonder what my Grandparents would make of a laptop?! At least the bureau is still being used for the purpose it was built.
My Uncle didn't have a daughter and so made a great fuss of me which I lapped up! He was a lovely, lovely man.
Source: Nottingham post
Angela Keyworth, Nottingham
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