Philip Streatfeild, artist

From: Noel Coward – a Biography (1995), by Philip Hoare:

“James Philip Sydney Streatfeild worked from a studio at 53, Glebe Place (above right), just off Chelsea’s King’s Road, where he had lived on and off, since 1907. It was a fashionably Bohemian locale…

Streatfeild was born on 5 November 1879 at 23 Grafton Square, Clapham. His father, Arthur Ogle Streatfeild, worked as a clerk at the Bank of England, and was related to the Streatfeilds of Chiddingstone, Kent, who were ancient landed gentry. (Arthur Ogle Streatfeild was the son of William Champion Streatfeild, magistrate and son of Rev. William Champion Streatfeild of East Ham and his wife Hannah Fry, daughter of the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry.)

Philip had studied at art college (possibly the Chelsea School of Art), and by 1914 was a proficient and talented artist…When he met Coward, Streatfeild’s most lucrative work was portraiture; his sitters had included the speaker of the House of Commons, Gerald du Maurier, and various members of the peerage. His was a peripatetic existence – he had changed his London address three times in the past ten years, moving up and down Manresa Road and Glebe Place, either side of the King’s Road…His friends included the remnants of the decadent Nineties, among them Robbie Ross, patron of the arts and Wilde’s first male lover.”

From Wikipedia:

“In 1914, Streatfeild became a mentor to the then-14-year-old actor and later famed author Noël Coward. Coward’s social ascendancy began thanks to Streatfeild who, before his death, asked wealthy socialite Mrs Astley Cooper to take Coward under her wing. Mrs Astley Cooper continued to encourage her late friend’s protégé, who remained a frequent guest at her estate, Hambleton Hall in Rutland.
Streatfeild enlisted in the army in November 1914 but contracted tuberculosis and was invalided out in the spring of 1915.
Streatfeild died from tuberculosis in June 1915 at age 35.”

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