BYNG, Julia Bertha

1835 - 1908

Julia Bertha Byng, was born at Staines, Middlesex about 1835, daughter of William Bateman Byng (1799-1880), cashier for Ransome & Sims, engineers of Orwell Works, Ipswich, and his wife Ann née Boyack (1792-1877), who were both born at Dover, Kent and in 1861 were living at 43 Duke Street, Ipswich with their son Henry and daughter Julia, with Robert Ransome and his family living next door. In 1871, Julia was a governess in the family of civil engineer Sylvanus Jenkin, at Dean Terrace, Liskeard, Cornwall but was back in Ipswich by 1881, when she was living at 2 Bank Street, Ipswich, the home of her brother Henry Alexander Byng (1825-1895), a civil engineer. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1885-1901 but an exhibitor from 2 Bank Street, Ipswich in 1881, three ‘Still Life’ watercolours and in 1883 exhibited a further three watercolours ‘Fruit’, ‘Still Life and Indian Articles’ and ‘Fruit-Prickly Pears’ and continued to exhibit annually until 1899 exhibiting at Ipswich for the last time, a watercolour ‘The Cornish Coast’. In 1891, she was living with her brother-in-law Frederick Curtis Head, a secretary, at St Anne’s Cottage, Thorpe Road, Egham, Surrey, also living with them was Julia’s aunt, Deborah Boyack, who was aged 102. Ten years later she was ‘living on her own means’ at 101 Burrell Road, Ipswich where she died on 3 April 1908, aged 72, she was unmaarried.