Born in Grimsby, the artist began his studies in art at the early age of twelve years. His three mentors included Stanhope FORBES, with whom he studied between c1886-8 (exact time uncertain) whilst living in Lamorna, which he later memorialized by naming his first Lincolnshire home 'Lamorna'.
Subsequently, he undertook further study with Frank BRANGWYN and J M Swan at the Stratford Road studio in Kensington, London. In the 1901 Census he is listed with the occupation of Fish Merchant, it being a large family business, although family information suggests that he was (perhaps also) a partner in a cabinet-making company.
Jennison initially married Letitia Hollingworth (m 1895-1918), and then Elsie Grace Clifton, with two children born of each union. Regarded in art circles as specialising in oil portraits of civic dignitaries, he also painted still-life and landscape in watercolour. Some works remain within the family, including one painting I wish... painted with an accompanying poem for his young niece. He was a member of the Usher Art Gallery (Lincoln) Hanging Committee in 1933, and exhibited latterly at Liverpool and in county exhibitions around Lincolnshire.
Painter of portraits in oils; landscapes, still-life in watercolour
works and access
Works include: Portraits of Alderman J H Tate; Neville Chamberlain and Roger (sketch portrait of his son)
The Cordwainer; Polperro; Where the Bee Sucks (ref Shakespeare); Vanity; Marguerites and Marigolds; Blue and Silver; I wish... (painted with an accompanying poem for his young niece)
Access to works: Grimsby Town Hall (Alderman's portrait); Usher Gallery, Lincoln
Liverpool (5) 1926-33
Usher Gallery, Lincoln
County exhibitions in Lincolnshire
Grimsby and North Lincolnshire Art Society (President)
Lincolnshire Artists' Society
Grimsby Telegraph and Grimsby Evening Telegraph 4 Mar 1949 (Obituaries)
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists