FOSTER, John Ernest

1877 - 1968

Born in Hull, Yorkshire on 21 July 1877, son of John Foster, a fruiter & grocer, who in 1881, was a 28 year old widower living at 5 Beverley Road, Sculcoates, Yorkshire with three young children aged from 4 to 1. By 1891 his father, now a florist was living at 83 Prospect Place, Sculcoates with his sons, and by 1901 young John, with his two siblings, had entered the business as a florists at 'Smiddy's' Cottingham Road, Sculcoates. Young John studied at the Royal College Art and in 1911 an artist living at his father's nurseryman's business at 'Smiddy's' and married later that year, Sarah Lilian Mallison (27 November 1876-1954). As a young man he spent some time at Cork, Ireland but returned to Yorkshire before settling at Dedham on the Essex/Suffolk border. An artist mostly of flower and still life and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1928-1946 and in 1932 exhibited from The Corner House, Dedham, Essex five paintings, three oils 'Hawthorn', 'Roses' and 'Fonte Lucente, San Domenico, Italy and two watercolours 'Willows in the Stour Valley' and 'Ponte De Sosper, Venice' and was a regular exhibitor including four in 1941 'Flatford Mill', 'White Roses', 'Flower and Mirror' and 'Snow in Suffolk' and three oils in 1943 'Flowers in Autumn', 'Pink Roses' and 'Red and White Roses'. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, London Salon and elsewhere. In 1939 he was living at Muniment House, Brook Street, Dedham with his wife and he died Dedham in 1968, aged 90. Ferens Art Gallery, Hull has Foster's oil on canvas 'Delphiniums and Roses' dated 1928, which was presented by the artist in 1954, in memory of his wife.

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