SMYTHE, Thomas

1825 - 1906

Thomas Smythe

Younger brother to Edward Robert Smythe [q.v.] and was born at Ipswich on 14 November 1825 and baptised at St Matthew’s church on 9 April 1827, son of James Smyth (1780-1863) and his wife Sarah Harriet née Skitter; his father James was an accountant with the bank Bacon, Cobbold, Durningham & Cobbold in Tavern Street, Ipswich and added the additional 'e' to his surname. Educated at a school kept by Charles and Elizabeth Watson at Berners Street, Ipswich and trained with his brother in Bramford Road, Ipswich after which was an artist in Brook Street, Ipswich 1846-1855 and exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association at the New Lecture Hall at the Ipswich Mechanics' Institute in August 1850 several oil paintings including 'Side of the Highroad', 'A Gipsy Scene', 'A Donkey Browsing' and 'The Gipsy Bait'. He married at Ipswich in 1860, Jane Pearse and had three sons and two daughters. In 1861, Thomas was an ‘artist landscape and animal painter’ living at 20 Bolton Lane, Ipswich with his 21 year old wife Jane, who was born at Ipswich, living with them were Jane’s parents, Thomas Pearse, currier, and his wife Jane. In 1865, an artist at California, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich and in 1871 living at Rose Cottage, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich with their three their children Thomas 9, Annie Agnes 4 and Robert 6 weeks and kept a servant. His daughter Agnes married Francis [Frank] Brown [q.v.] and by 1881 another child 6 year old Ernest William [q.v.] had been added to the family and in 1891 were living at 119 London Road and all the children except Ernest William who had left home. Thomas died at Ipswich on 15 May 1906, aged 81. His wife Jane died at Ipswich in 1919, aged 76[sic]. Of his children, Ernest was an artist and book illustrator in London until he emigrated to America and Robert emigrated to Canada. Painter of landscapes, rustic subjects and animals and exhibited seventeen works at the Society of British Artists including 'The Roadside Inn', 'The Tinkers' and 'Keeper's Pony' and also exhibtited three works at the Royal Academy. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1878-1903 and exhibited regularly including in 1898 from The Laurels, Wherstead Road, Ipswich six oil paintings 'Old Lock', 'Over the Hill and Far Away', 'Tattingstone White Horse', 'A Suffolk Bridge', 'Returning from Market' and 'The Old Plough Inn, Kensal Green' and his paintings exhibited at their centenary in 1974 included oils 'Harvest Scene', 'Rabbit Catcher on Rushmere Heath', 'The Miller's Cart', 'Returning from Work' and 'Snowballing'. Like his brother his work has recently regained its popular appeal and at Bonham's auction in 1991 his works reached record amounts.




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