HAGREEN, [Wat] George Walter

1811 - 1866

Known at Wat, was born at Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk on 2 June 1811, eldest son of James Hagreen (1782-1831), furrier & straw hat maker, and his first wife Fanny née Harrold. Walter was a draughtsman, etcher, painter, carver and church decorator, who in the 1840’s was living in the Butter Market with a studio at Fore Street, Ipswich where he discovered an overmantel with painted panels and an inscription which showed that it was formerly the home of explorer Thomas Eldred. In 1851 an unmarried ‘etcher’ living at the home of Robert Groome, tobacconist, and his wife Mary at 1 Bibby Place, Lambeth. He married at Lambeth on 26 August 1856, 33 year old Catherine Smith and in 1861 they were living at 3 Paris Street, Lambeth with their two daughters Kate 4 and Mary 1. He died at Wimborne, Dorset in 1866, aged 55, leaving a 1 year old namesake son. He collaborated with Frederick Brett Russell [q.v.], who did the watercolours, in etching them for Hollingsworth’s 'Stowmarket' {1843) also illustrating 'Picturesque Antiquities of Ipswich' (1845) and Austin’s 'History of Chelsworth' (1850) and others.

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