GOWERS, Albert Robert

1868 - 1950

Born at Ipswich on 30 May 1868, son of Stephen Gowers (1827-1893), licenced victualler, of Stowmarket, Suffolk and his wife Mary Ann née Green (1829-1893) of Ipswich, who married at Ipswich in 1854, a brother to Arthur Gowers [q.v.]. In 1881, the family were living at the Crown Tavern, 2 Fitzroy Street, Ipswich but the following year Albert was of 2 Cardigan Street, Ipswich. A member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1886-1895 and in 1885 exhibited from 11 Chenery Street, Ipswich 'Freston Wood' and 'A Quiet Afternoo' and exhibited over twenty works 1885-1893 from Ipswich including ‘The Gipping, near Bramford’ (1889) and ‘The Road by the River’ (1890). In 1891 a ‘carver & gilder’ living at the Crown Tavern, 2 Fitzroy Street, Ipswich with his parents and ten years later a ‘carver, gilder & picture frame maker’ living at East End Cottage, Freehold Road, Ipswich with his 37 year old unmarried sister Maria. He married at Ipswich in 1902 Edith Maude Cox (18 February 1872-1970), and was declared bankrupt in 1932 when his business was at 6 Tacket Street, paying out a dividend 4s.3d (21p) in the £1 in 1938. In 1939 a picture restorer living at 15 Marlborough Road, Ipswich with his wife Edith, with his shop at 3 St Lawrence Street. He died at Eye, Suffolk in 1950, aged 83.