RANSOME, George

1811 - 1876

George Ransome

Born at Ipswich on 2 December 1811, son of James Ransome (1782-1849), ironfounder, and his wife Hannah née Hunton (1776-1826), who married at Beccles on 11 August 1805. A member of the Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists from 1834, where he was probably tutored by Henry Davy [q.v.]. He married at Southampton, Hampshire in 1838, Sophia Neave (1811-1886) and in 1851 a 39 year old chemist & oil merchant, living at Carr Street, Ipswich with his 40 year old wife Sophia, born Fordingbridge, Hampshire and 7 year old daughter Sophia Elizabeth (1843-1909), he also retained two chemist assistants and two servants. First honorary secretary of the Ipswich Museum which was opened to the public in December 1847, and privately commissioned a series of 60 scientific portraits by Thomas Herbert Maguire [q.v.], in connection with the foundation of the Ipswich Museum. They were executed cumulatively between 1847 and 1852 as the Museum obtained fresh scientific sponsors, but George Ransome resigned his position as founding Secretary of the Museum in 1852 and the cumulative series was then discontinued. By 1861 his wife and daughter were living on the Isle of Man and ten years later, George was a 58 year old commercial traveller, staying at the Norfolk Hotel, Grey Street, Newcastle-on-Tyne. He died at Kensington, London in 1876. aged 64 and his wife died at Marylebone, London in 1886, aged 75.