GRONE, Ferdinand Emilius

1848 - 1920

Born at Ludensched, Westfalen, Prussia (Germany) on 18th and baptised on the 29 January 1848, son of Herman Dietrich Gröne and his wife Anna Catharina née Vosloh and became a naturalised Englishman in 1903. Sometime before 1871 he came to England and in 1871 a 21 year old assistant master at Oliver's Mount School, Scarborough. He married at Newport, Isle of Wight, Hampshire in 1874, Elizabeth Pierce and they opened a boarding school at Minden House, 17 Wellesley Road, Colchester, Essex where in 1881 a 32 year old professor of languages & art master with his 32 year old wife Elizabeth, a 5 year old daughter Alice Herminie [q.v.] and a 3 year old son Freidrich, both born at Colchester, his 23 year old niece Mary Pierce and ten pupils. His wife died at Colchester on 24 September 1901, aged 53 and in 1911, Ferdinand was a 62 year old widower and schoolmaster still at Wellesley Road with his 36 year old daughter Alice Herminie and a Miss Dorothy St Ledger, 18, as teachers, with eight pupils. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1886-1903 and exhibited from Colchester in 1896 two watercolours 'The "Boat Train" Shakespeare Cliff, Dover' and 'Iris'; in 1889 he exhibited two oils 'Wonderland' and 'Astronomers' and five watercolours 'A Cloudy Moringing', 'Beside the Still Waters', 'The Road to the New Forest', 'Mushroom Gatherers' and 'In the Moonlight Shimmer'; in 1899 two oils 'Wonderland' and 'Moonlight on the Cliffs'; in 1900 an oil 'The Moonbeam' and in 1901 two further oils 'The Banks of the Wye' and 'An Octopus Treet' he was a regular and a regular exhibitor with 4 pictures in 1902, 2 in 1903 and in 1905 'The Hermit's Cave' and his last in 1906 'Where the Waters Meet'. His watercolour 'In the Harvest Field' was shown at the centenary of the Club in 1974, on loan from Colchester & Essex Museums, he also exhibited at The Royal Academy, the New Water Colour Society and at Suffolk Street. He died at Camberwell, London in 1920, aged 70 [sic].

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