MATHEW, George de Montfort

1858 - 1932

Born at Walton cum Felixstowe, Suffolk in 1858, son of Henry Coldham Mathew, Lieut Col in the Norfolk Militia and a magistrate, and his wife Emily de Vere née Hollingsworth, who married at Stowmarket, Suffolk in 1851. In 1881, living at Langer House, Undercliff Road, Walton cum Felixstowe with his parents, 55 year old Henry and 48 year old Emily and his 20 year old sibling Elizabeth Maria, and twenty years later George, an organist, was still there with his widowed father but by 1911 had moved to The Street, Chelmondiston, Suffolk, a 52 year old artist painter. Painter in oil and watercolour and some portraits and exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1883 from Langer House, Felixstowe, three oil paintings 'A Still Day, Harwich Harbour', 'Felixstowe Cliffs and Watch Tower' and 'Old Porch, St John's Chapel, Needham' and in 1884 three oils 'Harwich from the Oyster Ponds', 'Caught by a Nor'Easter, in Ballast' and 'The Mouth of the Orwell' and in 1885 'Pilot Boats' and a watercolour 'Felixstowe'. He became a member of the club 1887-1930 and was a regular exhibitor of over 100 works 1883-1932, the subjects mostly local views including watercolour ‘Aldeburgh Lifeboat making for Harwich’ (1894) and ‘Floodgates, Flatford Mill’ and ‘A Peep of the Orwell' (1898) and in 1923 had four paintings on show 'Sketch of Willow', 'Cornfield', 'Kesgrave Heath in Spring' and a pen & colour drawing 'Sheringham Beach'. He died, at Ipswich in 1932 aged 74, he was unmarried.