DUVALL, John

1815 - 1892

Baptised at St John the Baptist church, Margate, Kent on 3 September 1815, son of John Duvall and his wife Mary. He married at Maidstone, Kent in 1848, 24 year old Lavinia Cockburne Morfill of Maidstone. A portrait painter at Ramsgate but in 1851 living at Dorchester Place, Marylebone with his wife and two children, Lavinia Mary 2, born Sunderland, Co. Durham and John William, 8 months born at Maidstone, shortly after which they came to Ipswich and in 1855 Duvall was an artist & teacher of drawing at Westgate Street, with a shop at 4 Butter Market and in 1858 living at 2 Clarkson Street. In 1861 living at 10 Clarkson Street with his wife, daughter Lavinia and further children, Charles Anthony, born 1852, Fanny Lucy, born 1854, and Harry Whitteker, born 1857, John must have been away at school but had returned by 1871 when the family were living at 4 Old Butter Market, Ipswich. By then there were two further sons added to the family Frank Arthur, born 1861 and Sidney Edward William, born 1865. Originally a portrait painter but with the advent of photography he turned his attention to the painting of animals being patronised by members of the Royal Family as well as the nobility. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1855 and 1857, one of his most noted works was painted in 1868 ‘Suffolk Show in Christchurch Park’ which marked Duvall’s entrance into the field of animal painters. In 1875, when living in Turret Lane, Duvall was the first chairman of the Ipswich Fine Art Society and exhibited views in Kent, Dorset, Jersey and Edinburgh and remained a member until 1889. He was commissioned to paint a series of illustrations for ‘The Suffolk Stud Book’ (1880) being produced by the first Secretary of the Suffolk Horse Society, Herman Biddell of Playford, Suffolk. In 1885 the family were living at 5 Handford Villas, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich with a studio at 4 Buttermarket. His wife Lavinia was buried in Ipswich cemetery on 16 July 1890, aged 67 and John died on 13 May 1892, aged 76 and buried beside her four days later. A regular exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Society and in 1883 exhibited six paintings 'Heath Scene with Sheep', 'Ground Game', 'Friday. Winner of the Goodwood Cup, with Martin, the little Jockey up', which had been painted for His Grace the Duke of Hamilton, 'A Coursing Morning', 'Marking for Father' and a drawing 'Rocks at Brixham' and at the centenary exhibition of the Art Club in 1974 two of his oil paintings were on show 'Sheep on the Norwich turnpike at Claydon' and 'The Gipsy's Stud'.




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