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Art with a Portswood connection

Courtesy of William Burns, Southampton Sotonians and Frends:
George Washington Sandell (1852 to 1945), who painted this picture entitled ‘SS Titanic’, held by Southampton City Museum, lived with his wife and children at various locations around the town and from at least 1901 to 1920, George was living at number 63 Portswood Road (a house called ‘Highclere’) sitting on the west side of Portswood Road near the corner with Alma Road.
Art with a Portswood Connection
“No flowers by request”
A painting by ‘George Washington Sandell’ (1852-1945) held by our Southampton City Museum, entitled ‘SS Titanic’.
George was the father of the late and popular Southampton Historian Elsie Sandell who has featured in SS&F in the past.
George ran the local shipping firm of Sandell & Son so it’s of little surprise after taking up art that he painted many pictures of the great ships that sailed to and fro from our Country.
George studied at the Southampton School of art which was then housed in the Victoria Rooms in Southampton, his friends who also studied art in Southampton were ‘Rowland McFadden’ and Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914) who were accomplished Southampton Artists in their own right.
George lived with his wife and children at various locations around the town and from at least 1901 to 1920 George was living in my neck of the woods at number 63 Portswood Road (a house called ‘Highclere’) sitting on the Westside of Portswood Road near the corner with Alma Road.
In 1901 we also note George’s daughter Elsie Sandell then aged 10 years old was living at the family home of Highclere.
With the old trams passing George’s door it would have made for easy access into town.
I find it strange that little has been written about our Sotonian ‘George Washington Sandell’ despite plenty of piecemeal information that can be located, a project for another day perhaps.
George as a businessman was involved in Southampton’s affairs, he became President of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce and during the great war George served with the Royal Engineers for which he was awarded medals, he was also a recipient of the Légion d’Honneur 1st Class Knight, which is the highest order of French merit, George was also awarded the Norwegian ‘Royal Order of St. Olav’.
In his 93rd year on the 6th of February 1945 after a short illness George died at his then home of 44 Winn Road, Southampton, his funeral was held at our Highfield Church on the 8th of February 1945 where by request if was stated “No flowers by request”.
Probate tells us that George left over £14,000 to his son Reginald (Ship’s broker) and to his daughter ‘our’ Elsie Sandell.
Elsie Sandell is remembered in Southampton by the naming of a block of flats, perhaps her Sotonian father ‘George Washington Sandell’ (1852-1945) a hero of WWI and business man of Southampton should also be honoured.