OAKES, Major John Beauchamp

1894 - 1963

Born at Lowestoft, Suffolk on 9 February and baptised at Hawkedon, Suffolk on 25 March 1894, third of the four sons of Revd Beilby Portens Oakes (1858-1900), rector of Hawkedon and his second wife Ethel Mary née Waddington (1868-1900), who married at Cavenham, Suffolk in 1888. Educated at Hazelwell College, Cheltenham and joined the army. A landscape and still life painter who exhibited ten works at the Army Officers Art Society exhibitions in 1928 and 1929, the subjects included landscapes in Sussex, Hampshire and East Anglia as well as some garden scenes. He married in 1933, Frances Harriet Doucha Gaussen (formerly Garden 1877-1970). By 1949 he was living in Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk as a member and exhibitor of the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1949-1958 also a member of Ipswich Art Club 1950-1963 where he exhibited from 2 Southgate Green, Bury St Edmund's, two oils in 1950 'Mudflats' and 'Chrysanthemums', three in 1951 'The Jade Vase', 'March Ploughing' and 'Elm Hill, Autumn', three in 1952 'Polyanthus', 'Sunny Harvest' and 'October Haze' and was an annual exhibitor until his death, his last exhibits were 'Polyanthus' and 'Antirrhinums' in 1963. He died at Bury St Edmund's in 1963, aged 69 and his wife followed in 1970.