NEALE, John Preston

1779 - 1847

Baptised at Whitechapel, London in April 1779, son of John Neale of Colitishall, Norfolk and his wife Elizabeth Ann née Preston of Rollesby, Norfolk. His earlier life was spent as a clerk in the London Post Office and he began drawing insects and formed a lifetime friendship with Norfolk artist John Varley (1778-1842) and together they produced the first and only part of 'Cabinet of Nature'. Much of his work was drawn although he also produced the occasional watercolour or oil painting. A contributor to the Royal Academy exhibitions of topographical drawings and landscapes but was better known for his architectural drawings. He married Ann Pote and had several daughters and a son Edward Pote Neale (1801-1871), who was curate and later vicar at St Mary’s, Tattingstone, Suffolk. He died at Tattingstone, near Ipswich on 14 November 1847, in his 68th year. (Copsey-Suffolk Writers 2002)




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