JOHNSON, William

1759 - 1797

William Johnson

Baptised at Pettistree, Suffolk on 20 January 1759, youngest son of John Johnson (1722-1780), a surveyor, and his wife Mary (1716-1800), daughter of Samuel and Mary Nichols of Sutton, and a brother to Isaac Johnson [q.v.]. At one time a professional artist and drawing master. He lived for a time in the Eye, Suffolk district and painted a series of portraits for the Leeke family at Yaxley Hall but from about 1788 was settled in Chelmsford, Essex where he lectured on art and perspective. He was unmarried and died in 1797. The 'Essex Chronicle' of 29 September reported:- ‘On Wednesday last died, much lamented, Mr. Wm. Johson, artist of Chelsmford. The neighbourhood has, by his death sustained an almost irreparable loss. His qualifications as a drawing master were unequalled…He had a genius calculated for a more eminent sphere, and whilst labouring under bodily infirmities clearly evinced with his pencil the greatest strength of genius. His superiour abilities were known to but few, and by these few were justly esteemed.’
William was buried at Chelmsford on 2 October 1797.




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