LEMAN, Robert Orgill

1799 - 1869

As Robert Orgill, he was born on 12 April 1799, being baptised at Brampton, Suffolk on the same day, one of the fifteen children of Revd Naunton Thomas Orgill and his wife Henrietta Jane, daughter of Revd Sir William Anderson, bart. of Lea, Lincolnshire. In 1807, on the death of Miss Mary Leman of Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk, Naunton Orgill succeeded to the Brampton estates of the Leman family and under the terms of the will took the additional name of Leman. Robert married at Hartest, Suffolk on 27 February 1821, Sarah Crisp and in 1851 a 52 year old 'managing clerk' living at Town Close, Norwich with his 54 year old wife Sarah and 26 year old daughter Sarah, born at Norwich. Robert studied under Norwich School painter John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) and was a talented amateur landscape painter and a member of the Norwich Amateur Art Club in the 1830s and his works were exhibited alongside those of the most famous of the Norwich artists at the Norwich Society exhibitions. Leman became the friend and patron of many of the Norwich School painters, in particular Henry Ninham, who it is thought introduced him to the techniques of etching. Leman is not known to have attempted to sell his etchings and it is likely that they were produced only for his personal interest or for distribution amongst his immediate friends. Robert Leman's close friend, Henry Ninham (c.1798-1884) printed many of the Norwich School etchers' plates. Robert Orgill Leman was buried in Brampton Churchyard on 1 March 1869, aged 69.

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