ROPE, George Thomas

1846 - 1929

George Thomas Rope

Born at Blaxhall, Suffolk on 11 February 1846, eldest son and second child of George Thomas Rope (1814-1912) and his wife Anne née Pope (1821-1882), his siblings include Ellen Mary Rope [q.v.] and Edith Dorothy Rope [q.v.]. Educated at Ipswich School 1858-1862, where he found an interest in natural history after which he spent a year in London studying under landscape and animal painter William Webb (1790-1856). In gathering material for his natural history collection he travelled extensively in Germany, Holland and Norway, but a heart condition curtailed this activity, despite his poor health he lived to the age of 83, his permanent convalescence was spent in compiling his 'Country Life and Sounds' (London 1915). A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1878-1914, exhibiting from Blaxhall, Wickham Market, thirteen pictures in 1881 including ‘View on Westleton Walks’, two the following year a portrait 'Harry' and 'A Suffolk Stream, Early Summer', six in 1883 'Farm House at Leiston', 'Jew's Ear', two monochromes 'Sketches in Normandy' and 'Study from Nature' and two watercolours 'Cottages at Benhall' and 'Sketch at Iken' and five in 1884 including 'View on Blaxhall Heath'. At the 1974 Centenary Exhibition of the Art Club his oil 'Blaxhall Common' was on show. He also exhibited at the Bury & Suffolk Fine Art exhibition held in the Bury Town Hall in 1886, an oil painting 'Cuckoo-Time, Cottages at Blaxhall' which won the £5 prize for the best oil painting, he was also a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Club 1894-1899, from Wickham Market and also exhibited at the Royal Academy 'Field Mice' and 'Evening, Early Spring', the Royal Society of British Artists in 1876 an oil 'Housed in Winter' and at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and continued painting until the end of his life. Whilst passing over Langham Bridge on the River Alde, his pony and trap ran over an obstruction which overturned his trap causing his death shortly afterwards on 12 December 1929. He published 'Sketches of Farm Favourites' (1881) and 'Country Sights and Sounds' (1915).[Biographical information from Arthur Rope}




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