William Henry Bidlake MA, FRIBA
Died 6 April 1938
Active: 1881 - 1925
Country of birth and death: England
Architect, teacher, headmaster
Born at Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton. He was the son of George Bidlake (born c.1830 in Walworth, London) architect and surveyor. William studied at Cambridge and practiced architecture in the Birmingham area from sometime in the 1880s. Bidlake began teaching architecture in Birmingham (probably) in the early 1900s and held the role of professor of architecture at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists until his death. He may also have been a teacher of architecture at "ARCA, London" (possibly the Royal College of Art) from 1919-25 and a teacher of ornament from 1924. Among the other teachers at this location was Robert Catterson-Smith. According to the census returns of 1891, Bidlake was partially deaf. He died at 'Vespers', Wadhurst, Sussex.
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Organized Classes for Modellers, Carvers, Letter Cutters, Plaster Workers and Others (Birmingham School of Art), 1921-1932
1924 - 1925
Teacher of History of Ornament
Institutional and Business Connections
Elected professional associate member of Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
1896 - 1902
The book 'The History of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists' gives 1895 as the date of Bidlake's election; however, he is first lised as an Associate member in the exhibition catalogues in Spring 1896.
Elected professional member of Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
1902 - 1938
First listed in the Society's exhibition catalogues as a full Member in Spring 1902. Member until Autumn 1927. From Spring 1928 he is listed as an Honorary Retired Member until Spring 1938. From Spring 1927 listed as R.B.S.A.
Elected to hold office by Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
1908 - 1915
First listed in the Society's exhibition catalogues as Treasurer in Autumn 1908.
Lectured at Midland Arts Club
Gave a lecture on 'Town Planning-Birmingham as it might be.'
Member of Midland Arts Club
1889 - 1890
Principal of Architectural School
1919 - 1923
Professor of architecture at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
1902 - 1938
First listed in the Society's exhibition catalogues as Professor of Architecture in Spring 1902. Last listed in Spring 1938; no further Professors of Architecture were appointed after this date.
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871
RG10 piece 2935 folio 6 page 6
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881
RG11 piece 1669 folio 46 page 19
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891
RG12 piece 2360 folio 80 page 6
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901
RG13 piece 2892 folio 36 page 38
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911
RG14PN18382 RG78PN1104 RD385 SD6 ED11 SN398
Classes for Modellers Stone, Ivory and Hardwood Carvers, Letter Cutters, Chasers, Fibrous Plaster Workers and Others. Commencing on Monday, 15th September, for the Session 1924-5 Birmingham School of Art - Classes for Stone Carvers, etc
The Effort, January 1923
The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985
The Times, Friday, Apr 08, 1938; pg. 18; Issue 47964; col D Mr. W. H. Bidlake Category: Obituaries
Citing this record
'William Henry Bidlake MA, FRIBA', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib4_1207061277, accessed 31 Mar 2015]