GILLETT, Edward Frank

1874 - 1927

Born at Worlingham, Suffolk on 23 July and baptised on 19 August 1874, son of Revd Jesse Gillett, curate of Worlingham, and his wife Eliza Martin née Duplock, who married in 1864. By 1881 his father had taken the vicarage of Aldeby, Loddon, Norfolk and young Edward was a 6 year old living at The Vicarage, Beccles Road, Aldeby with his parents, 47 year old Jesse and 38 year old Eliza and his three siblings. After schooling at Gresham School, Holt, Norfolk, in 1891 an 18 year old ‘clerk at Lloyds’ lodging at 56 Thornton Street, Lambeth, London, a position he retained until 1896 when he became a full-time illustrator on the staff of the 'Daily Graphic' 1898-1908, moving to 'The Black & White' 1908-1911 and 'The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News' 1910-1923. Painter, black and white artist and illustrator, elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour in 1909 and was also a member of London's Langham Sketch Club. He specialised in fox-hunting and hare-coursing scenes including his painting, 'Beccles–Coursing' at Wingfield Sporting Gallery, London also exhibiting at Fine Art Society; Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; Liverpool Walker Gallery; The Royal Academy and Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, from St Alban’s, Hertfordshire in 1909, London in 1911 and Beccles, Suffolk 1918. In 1901 an ‘artist (painter)’ living at 23 Gayton Road, Hampstead with his widowed mother and his six siblings. He married at Loddon, Norfolk in 1914, Margaret Helen Mickelburgh (12 February 1891-1974) and they had one son, David born 1915. After spending some time in London he returned to Aldeby, near Beccles in 1916 but he died at Stepney in 1927, aged 52, and after his death his widow remarried. Sometimes known as Frank Edward Gillett.

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