BYNG, Miss Julia Bertha

1835 - 1908

Born at Staines, Middlesex about 1835, daughter of William Bateman Byng (1799-1880), cashier for Ransome & Sims 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 and Robert Ransome and his family lived 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 in 1881 from 2 Bank Street, Ipswich 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 until 1899 when she exhibited another 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.