BATCHELDER, Stephen John

1849 - 1932

Stephen John Batchelder

Born at Little Bolton, Lancashire on 17 January 1849, son of Stephen John Batchelder (1827-1892), a boot & shoe maker, and his wife Sarah née Hewitt, who married at Little Bolton in 1845. By 1851 they had returned to live at Oak Street, Norwich with his paternal grandfather, 49 year old Stephen John Batchelder (1801-1882), a widower also a boot & shoe maker. In 1861 young Stephen, with his parents, were boarding at Skirbeck Corner, Boston, Lincolnshire when they are described as 'travellers [showmen]'. He then obtained a position with a Norwich photographer and married at St. Augustine's church, Norwich on 6 April 1868, Anna Lubbock and their eldest son another Stephen John Batchelder was born in 1870, who became a science master at Ipswich School and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society and died at Ipswich in 1949. Stephen, the elder, attended Great Yarmouth College of Art and in 1871 a 22 year old photographer living at North Terrace, Great Yarmouth with his 23 year old wife Anna and their 10 month old son Stephen John and ten years later were living at 2 Nelson Road, Great Yarmouth with the addition of three more children but in 1883 he exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from 11 Maud Terrace, Belvedere Road, Great Yarmouth, three watercolours ‘It’s Going to Rain’, ‘Boat House-Irstead Shoals, Norfolk’ and ‘Green Lane, Neatishead’. A Broadland photographer, a vocation that he gave up about 1882 to pursue a career in art, and soon established a reputation as a prolific watercolour painter of the Norfolk Broads and in 1891 a 42 year old sculptor, artist &c. living at 24 Beaconsfield Road, Great Yarmouth with his wife, four children, young Stephen John had departed for Ipswich and they had a further daughter, 4 year old Emma. In 1911, a 62 year old artist/painter living at 7 Garrison Road, Great Yarmouth with his wife and two unmarried daughters, both schoolteachers. A member at the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1894-1928 and exhibited from Gorleston Road, Great Yarmouth in 1923 an oil 'Sunsplashes, Burgh Flats, Breydon' and two watercolours 'Hickling Broad, River Thurne' and 'The Bure, near Salhouse' also a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1927-1929. He had a solo exhibition at the London Street Galleries of Thomas Dimmock in Norwich which set him on the road to fame. He died at Garrison Road, Great Yarmouth in 1932, aged 83 and his wife Anna followed in 1936, aged 89.

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