HITCHCOCK, Herbert Fairfax

1864 - 1947

Born at Brook Street, Ipswich in 1864, son of Ebenezer Hitchcock (1820-1865), a miller & maltster at Ship Lane, Bramford, Suffolk, and his wife Sarah née Harwood, who married at Battisford, Suffolk in 1847. In 1891, Herbert was a 26 year old artist in oil living at 156 Norwich Road, Ipswich with his 62 year old mother and his sister, 26 year old Ellen Sarah. He married at Ipswich in 1897, Laura Selina Jolly [Hitchcock q.v.], the family must have been on intimate terms with the Jolly family as Laura and her sister Catherine were staying with them at Handford Villa, London Road, Ipswich in 1871. In 1901, a 36 year old artist painter living at The Street, East Bergholt, Suffolk with his 30 year old wife Laura and in 1911, a 46 year old ‘on private means’ living at Cemetery Lane, East Bergholt with his 40 year old wife Laura. A member and exhibitor at the Woodpecker Art Club, later the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle, 1906-1908 from East Bergholt and a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1893-1908 exhibiting from 156 Norwich Road, Ipswich in 1892 an oil 'A Study' and 'Ye Olde Disciple', in 1893 three oils 'An Empty Interior', Pothouse Politices' and 'The Rev W. Hubbard' and a black & white 'A Duet' and was a regular exhibitor showing sixteen painting in 1894, six in 1896 and twelve in 1897. In 1898 he exhibited from 'Brook Farm, Dedham, Essex fourteen pictures and the following year from Woodbine, East Bergholt, Suffolk thirteen pictures including two oils 'An Early Morn' and 'The Black Cat' and watercolours 'Bullocks on the Marshes' and 'Flatford'. He continued to exhibit but in lesser volume, in 1903 nine, 1905 eight, 1906 five and in 1907 just one oil 'A Farm Yard, Devon' in 1908 'Barge Horse crossing the Stour at Dedham' and and his last in 1909 an oil 'By the Kitchen Fire'. In 1937 he was still 'an artist' living at Woodbine Cottage, East Bergholt. He died at Ipswich in 1947, aged 83.