FISK, William George

1861 - 1938

William George Fisk, was born at Ipswich and baptised at St Stephen's Church on 25 August 1861, eldest child of William George Fisk, a house decorator, and his wife Lucy Anne née Abbott, who married at Marylebone, London in 1860. In 1881, a 19 year old house decorator, living at 23 Tower Terrace, Ipswich with his parents, 42 year old William and 42 year old Lucy, and his seven siblings, Alfred James 17, Frederick George 15, Agnes Clara 13, Charles 11, Lucy Ann 9, Gertrude 8 and Francis 1, all born at Ipswich. In September 1885 he passed his examinations at the Ipswich School of Science and arts but his father died at Ipswich in 1891, aged 52, when young William took over the running of the family business. In 1901, a house decorator living at New Cut East, Ipswich with his 62 year old widowed mother and four of his siblings. He married at Ipswich in 1902, Lavinia Crossley and in 1911, a 49 year old builder, living at Northenden, Bristol Road, Ipswich with his 33 year old wife and two daughters, Dorothy 6 and Peggy 3, both born at Ipswich. His commitment to his business did not deter him from his artistic enthusiasm and he exhibited at the Bury & Suffolk Fine Art Society in 1889 'A Lad in Distress' and was a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1887-1938, sometimes recorded as Fiske, exhibiting as W. G. Fiske, jun. from 23 Tower Place, Ipswich in 1885, 'The Ostrich' and in 1937 as W. G. Fisk, from The Bungalow, Rushmere, Ipswich 'Study of a Head'. He died at 103 Valley Road, Ipswich on 4 September 1938, aged 77.