PULHAM, James Brook

1791 - 1860

Baptised at Hadleigh, Suffolk on 9 November 1791, son of James Pulham (1765-1830), of Sudbury, later an attorney at Woodbridge, Suffolk, and his wife Frances née Amys [q.v.], who married at Woodbridge on 24 September 1787. James, sen. was a friend of John Constable [q.v.] and a member of the literary and artistic coterie centred around Helmingham Hall, the seat of the Tollemarche family. In 1818 Pulham, sen. commissioned one of Constable's most successful portraits, that of his wife Frances. He also owned several of Constable's landscapes, including 'Dedham Lock and Mill', 'Harwick Lighthouse' and 'Helmingham Dell'. James Brook Pulham worked as a clerk in the treasurer's office at East India House, London where he was a colleague of Charles Lamb (1775-1834), and married Maria Violet (1793-1868) [q.v.], elder daughter of Pierre Violet [q.v.]. Pulham died at Woodbridge on 13 November 1860, aged 69, and buried in St John’s Church four days later, where there is his grave monument. Pierre Violet exhibited miniatures of James Brook Pulham at the Royal Academy in 1817. His wife left in her will ‘To my nephew Henry Ferriere, £20, and two large folio books of drawings and sketches by my said late husband’. A sale of a 'few books and antiquarian collections, formed by the late James Brook Pulham, Esq...including his very extensive series of the works of George Wither' were sold at Sotheby's on 8 April 1861. His second name is sometimes given as 'Brooke' but he was baptised and buried as James Brook Pulham and he sometimes worked under the name of Brook Pulham.




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