Frederick James Aldridge

Frederick James Aldridge was born in Worthing in 1850 and remained there until his death in 1933. He began painting as a hobby in 1870 and soon after became a professional artist, exhibiting on three occasions at the Royal Academy. He painted mostly marine and harbour scenes in oil or watercolour, and his work often reflects his love of sailing and his technical knowledge as a yachtsman.

Aldridge also travelled and painted in Venice, France and the Netherlands. His talent, particularly as a watercolour artist, gained him a reputation not only in Great Britain, but also throughout Europe.

He was very interested in the whole art scene and had opened an art shop in Warwick Street, Worthing in 1905 and remained an important part of the artistic life in Worthing as it was passed through the Aldridge family. The shop was eventually sold in 1965. After a period of time it became known as “The Whibley Gallery”.

Aldridge also taught painting locally until failing sight and eventual blindness caused him to stop painting altogether by 1927.