TitleBroadhead Family, Sheffield
AdminHistoryThis collection largely consists of letters relating to the Broadhead Family of 42 Firth Park Road, Fir Vale, Sheffield, including William Smithson Broadhead (1888 - 1960), Nellie Broadhead (1890 - 1976), Edward Sidney Broadhead (1892 - 1950), Ivy Broadhead (1896 - 1978), Tom Newton Broadhead (1898 - 1926) all children of Edward Broadhead (1848 - 1924) and Mary Ann Broadhead (nee Pollard) (1856 - 1944).

William Smithson Broadhead (1888 - 1960) worked as an artist and illustrator, notably for the ‘Cosmopolitan’ magazine and ‘Good Housekeeping’ and later became a famous horse painter. Much of his work was done in Canada and the USA.

After studying at the Sheffield School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, William Smithson Broadhead sailed to Canada as a young artist in January 1910, and from there went to New York, where he became a staff illustrator for the magazine 'Judge'. He served in the First World War (in a cavalry regiment, the King Edward's Horse, which was part of the King's Overseas Regiment and was mobilised in London in 1914). Broadhead was wounded in France and invalided home. He resigned from his regiment in 1920.

From 1920, for 14 years Broadhead worked in London, exhibiting his portraits of people and horses almost every year at the Royal Academy. Broadhead married the American born Edith Northrup (1899 - 1993) in Chelsea, London in 1928. Broadhead and his wife returned to the USA in 1934. During the Second World War, Broadhead served with the Home Guard back in England (in Northchapel, Sussex), but, after the war, returned to the USA where he settled in California. During his time in California he produced a pictorial history of the horse in America 'Hoof-prints over America' which was published in 1951. He later resided in Aspenhill, Middleburg [Virginia], where he painted many of the leading race horses of the USA and Canada. He died in Winchester Memorial Hospital [Virginia] on 17 June 1960 and was buried at the Ivy Hill Cemetery, Upperville, Fauquier County, Virginia. He was survived by his wife Edith Northrup Broadhead (1899 - 1993) and a son, William Smithson Broadhead Jr. of Boston, Massachusetts (born c. 1929).

William Smithson Broadhead's younger brother Edward Sidney Broadhead (1892 - 1950) was a civil engineer and worked for some time in Argentina (as well as the USA and Canada). William and Edward's sisters Nellie (1890 - 1976) and Ivy Broadhead (1896 - 1978) worked as hosiers, running a wool shop from the family home at 42 Firth Park Road. Another younger brother Tom Newton Broadhead (1898 - 1926) also fought in the First World War and died of tuberculois aged just 28.
DescriptionLetters (many illustrated) and sketches from William Smithson Broadhead (1888 - 1960) to his family, 1910 - c. 1919 (LD1980/1)
Letters from William Smithson Broadhead (1888 - 1960) to his mother, Mrs Mary Ann Broadhead, 1923 - 1944 (LD1980/2)
Letters from William Smithson Broadhead (1888 - 1960) to his sisters Ivy and Nellie Broadhead, 1933 - 1960 (LD1980/3)
Letters from Edward Sidney Broadhead (1892 - 1950) to his mother, Mrs Mary Ann Broadhead, 1913 - 1940 (LD1980/4)
Miscellaneous Correspondence and Papers, 1910 - c. 1978 (LD1980/5)
Date1910 - c. 1978
Extent212 items
AccessConditionsSome items are available on CD-ROM only
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