SPURGEON, John Grove

1747 - 1829

Rocky Landscape; frontispiece to a set of prints

Revd John Grove Spurgeon was born 1746/7 and baptised at St Nicholas with St Peter, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on 10 April 1747, eldest son of John Spurgeon and his wife Sarah, daughter of Christopher Grove of Clopton, Suffolk. He obtained a BA (Hons) degree from Cambridge University in 1769. Rector of Clopton and Oulton in Suffolk and a local magistrate. He married on 10 November 1781, Ann (1755-1837), eldest of three daughters of William Farrer (died c.1799) of Cold Brayfield, Buckinghamshire and had two children, Frances Elizabeth (1784-1879) and Farrer Grove (1783-1826), who took the name of Farrer in 1799 under the the terms of his grandfather's will on inheriting the manor of Cold Brayfield. Daughter Frances, married Edward Acton Acton (1767-1822), the parents of Lt Col Edward Farrer Acton (1805-1890). He died at Lowestoft on 1 August and buried at Clopton St Mary church, Suffolk on 7 August 1829 and in his obituary in 'The Gentleman Magazine' (vol.99 - p.187) he 'etched…with considerable taste and spirit; and his productions united softness with strength, finishing with freedom'. His etching of his daughter Frances Elizabeth 'Mrs Acton' is in the National Portrait Gallery collection.




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