JOHNS, Edwin Thomas

1862 - 1947

Thomas Johns

Born at Ipswich on 26 December 1862, youngest of the five children of William Johns of South Wales, a carpenter, and his wife Isabella née Wardle, of London who in 1871 were living at 26 Tacket Street, Ipswich. Young Edwin attended the Ipswich School of Art under W T Griffiths [q.v.] and in 1877 articled to architect James Butterworth (1831-1916) of 6 Museum Street, Ipswich and on Butterworth’s retirement completed his articles with William Eade (1841-1927) and became his assistant. He had at some time worked with Brightwen Binyon [q.v.] before rejoining Eade, trading as Eade & Johns until 1912, when Eade retired and Edwin carried on his own account from 8 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich and became President of the Suffolk Association of Architects. In 1921 he was joined by his nephew Martin Johns Slater [q.v.] under the name of Johns & Slater until Johns retired in 1933. An accomplished painter in watercolour, which became his main interest later in his life, and a life member and regular exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1887-1947 and one-time secretary and president. He exhibited from 8 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich in 1916 seven works 'The of Titus, Rome', 'The Ancient House and Dial Lane', 'Dorothy', 'A Bit of Old Ipswich', 'St Mark's, Venice, Main Entrance', 'Cottages, Mellis Common' and 'Cottage, Sidegate Lane' and in 1927 an oil 'Golden Glory' and two watercolours 'The Colonnade, St Peter's, Rome' and 'A Corner of my Garden' and was a regular exhibitor, in 1932 an oil 'Reflections' and three watercolours 'The Tower, St Osyth Priory', 'Sleep' and 'The Ancient House from St Stephen's Lane', in 1933 he had five paintings on display an oil 'Martlesham' and four watercolours 'Miss Beris Wrinch', 'Silent Street, Ipswich', 'Salome' and 'The Bather', in 1943 he exhibited three works 'Church Street, Shrewsbury', 'The Abbey, Shrewsbury' and 'Budapest from St Gelert's Hill' in 1944 two works 'The Colonnade of St Peter's Rome' and 'Hadleigh' and his watercolour 'Industrial Ipswich' was on show at the Club centenary in 1974. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1910 until 1930. He married at Reigate in 1893, Janet Eliza Prentice, who died at Ipswich in 1936, aged 72 and Edwin died at Ipswich in November 1947, aged 84, they had no issue.

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