CONSTABLE, Hugh Golding

1868 - 1949

Born at Marylebone, London on 28 August 1868, second son of Charles Golding Constable FRG (1821-1879), naval captain & explorer. When Hugh left school he was apprenticed in the railway workshops at Crewe, about which time Hugh was in the Royal Indian Navy or as it was then called the Indian Marine. He married in Agher church, Co. Meath, Ireland, on 12 July 1892, Elinor May Bomford [Golding q.v.], daughter of John Francis Bomford and Elinor Jane Bolton and shortly after they left for New Zealand where their first child, Arahenua Ella Constable [q.v.] was born in 1872 with their second child, John Hugh Constable born at Rathwade House, Co Carlow, on 27 February 1896, Hugh by this time must have resigned from the Navy. On 17 April 1905 Hugh Constable and his family sailed from Sydney arriving at the Port of Vancouver on May 10 1905 and for a few years before 1911 lived at Lakefield, Caragh, Co. Kerry overlooking the lake with fine views of the Macgillycuddy Reeks. On 5 October 1911 he took out a 1,000 mortgage to purchase the 205 acres at Oakley Park, Kells and later leased Ardtully, near Kenmare, Co Kerry, from the Orpen family. Hugh had moved Hoe Hill House, Maldon, Essex before Ardtully house was burnt down in 1921. Taking after his father Hugh was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and both studied naval history, designed and built several boats and travelled all over the world painting seascapes. Although Hugh never reached the heights of painting as his grandfather John Constable [q.v.], he was no mean artist and a number of his paintings and sketches hang at Crodara. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1932-1939 exhibiting from Hoe Mill House in 1932, three watercolours 'Cheer Up Mates', 'Nor' West Squalls' and 'Sunset at Sea'; in 1935 an oil 'Mallard' and a watercolour 'Dirty Weather and in 1937 two oils 'Peace' and 'Near Ardmore. co. Waterford' and a watercolour 'Beating'. In 1939 living at Hoe Mill House, Maldon, Essex with his wife Elinor and their two children Arahenua and John Hugh. He died on 21 February 1949 aged 80.

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