BURGESS, William James

1825 - 1911

Was born in London on 10 February 1825 and baptised at St Luke, Chelsea on 30 January 1836, son of Herbert Sawyer Philip Burgess and his wife Mary Elizabeth. He seems to have been a carpenter in the Royal Navy and in 1881 ‘a scene artist’ living at 9 Chenery Street, Ipswich with his 44 year old wife Frances, born Whaplode, Lincolnshire and their children Frederick 11, born London, Frank 9, born Exeter, William 5 and George 2 both born at Ipswich. In the same year he exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from 15 Clay Lane, Ipswich ‘Sketch of Old Houses pulled down on the Site of the New Corn Exchange’ and was a member the following year from 43 Brook Street, Ipswich. Between his birth and after his stay in Ipswich his life is obscure. He is probably the William James Burgess who died at West Ham in 1911, aged 84.




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