FOLKARD, Robert William

1811 - 1835

Mariner, winner of the Swaffham Cup, 1834

Born at Beccles, Suffolk in 1811 and baptised at Burnham Westgate, Norfolk on 30 May 1813, son of James Folkard (1751-1820), vetinary surgeon at Beccles, and his second wife Elizabeth née Brown. A Suffolk provincial painter who at one time was an assistant in the studio of Edwin Cooper [q.v.] He exhibited at the Norwich Society of Artists from Beccles in 1832 'Three-year Old-A Design' and in 1833 two paintings 'Brood Mare and Foals and Four-year-old' and 'The Portrait of a Favorite Pony and Dog, the property of Osmond Clark, Esq.' His work is usually signed and dated and his portrait of ‘Mariner’ a black greyhound dated 1831 was auctioned by Sotheby’s in 1971 and again in 2004 when it sold for £1,315. Described as an artist he died at Beccles, Suffolk on 9 November 1835, aged 34, and buried at Friends Burial Ground, Wymondham, Norfolk seven days later.