EDWARDS, Edwin

1823 - 1879

Edwin Edwards

Born at Framlingham, Suffolk on 6 January 1823, son of Charles Edwards (1787-1875), a banker of Bridgham Hall, near Attleborough, Norfolk, formerly of Framlingham, and his wife Mary (1798-1874), daughter of Thomas Kersey of Glemham, Suffolk. Living at East Bergholt, Suffolk, Edwin was educated at Dedham grammar school and in 1845 admitted a solicitor and built up a large practice in London as proctor, examiner in the Courts of Civil Law and of the High Court of the Admiralty at Doctorsí Commons and published 'Cases in the Prerogative Court with Respect to Wills' (1847), 'Treatise on the Jurisdiction of the High Court of Admiralty' (1847), and 'Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction' (1853). After a trip to the Tyrol in 1859, Edwards decided to give up his legal work, which provided him with a substantial pension, to follow his tastes as an artist and etcher. He worked initially in watercolours but the example of the French painter Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), working on a plate at Edwards's house in Sunbury-on-Thames, inspired him to attempt the etching medium. In 1861 he made the acquaintance of Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) and other French artists and commenced painting oil, his pictures of Cornish Coast scenery were exhibited at the Royal Academy 1861-1879, and at the Paris Salon. As an etcher his works are numerous consisting of scenes in the London area, the cathedral cities, Cornwall and of Suffolk. He married at Hendon on 11 August 1852, Elizabeth Ruth, daughter of William Escombe of the Bombay Civil Service. In 1870 Edwin and his wife visited Edward FitzGerald at his Little Grange home in Woodbridge and were frequent visitors in the coming years. Edwards died without issue at his home, 26 Golden Square, London on 15 September 1879, aged 56, and buried at Brookwood, near Woking. After the death of Edwin, his wife completed and printed the final part of 'Old Inns of England'. He also illustrated the works of Longfellow and Wordsworth. A portrait of Edwin and Ruth, by Fantin-Latour is now in the National Gallery.




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