CUBITT, Frederick

1840 - 1927

Born at 2 Upper Market Street, Norwich on 8 November and baptised at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich on 24 November 1840, ninth son and 12th of the 13 children of George Cubitt (1800-1876), chemist & druggist, and his wife Harriet née Hammond (1805-1870), who married at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich on 21 March 1825. In 1851, Frederick was living at Upper Market Street, Norwich with his parents, 50 year old George and 46 year old Harriet with three siblings including Herbert Cundall Cubitt, who was the grandfather of Edith Alice Cubitt [q.v.]. Frederick left secondary school at the age of 14 and went to Norwich Art School. In 1857 he was apprenticed to London wood engraver James Davis Cooper (1824-1904) at 16 Warner Road, Lambeth. After completing his apprenticeship, on 6 June 1861 he sailed on the 'The Lightning' for Australia, joining his brother Arthur who ran a newspaper, during which time Frederick made several engravings of Australian scenery. Sailing on the 'Sebrain' he arrived back in England on 13 July 1867, taking up his Freedom of Norwich in 1868. His mother died at Norwich in 1870, aged 65 and in 1871, Frederick was a 30 year old managing clerk to a seed dresser living at 10 Theatre Street, Norwich with his widowed father. He married at Attleborough, Norfolk in 1873, Julia Mary Salter and they went to live at Church Lane, Basingstoke but in 1876 came to Ipswich as an agent for McDougal Brothers, selling sugar and oil cake, living at Handford Villas, Ranelagh Road. About 1880, together with his wife and then four children, he moved to Grafton Lodge, 28 Burlington Road, Ipswich and in 1881, Frederick was a 40 year old oil cake merchant with his 30 year old wife Julia with four, of their eight children, his eldest son, 6 year old George Eaton Stannard was born at Basingstoke, Hampshire, and his then other three children being born at Ipswich, Gerald Baker 4, Irene May 3 and Douglas Frank 2. On 24 December 1888, then with seven children he moved across the road to Hollenden House, 9 Burlington Road, Ipswich. In 1907 Frederick retired from business and moved to Otley Grange, near Ipswich which he sold in 1921, moving to Rookwood, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich where he died on 6 January 1927. His wife Julia died in 1931, aged 80. A Committee Member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1890-1912, but does not seem to have exhibited but he donated two works from his large art collection to Ipswich Council 'Pilchard Fishers' by Butler and 'A Wayside Inn' by Lingwood




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