POSFORD, Joseph

1846 - 1902

Born at Helmingham, Suffolk on 1 July 1846, son of Joseph Posford, a farmer of 256 acres at Helmingham, and his wife Eliza née Ashwell, who married at Helmingham on 21 August 1845. Educated at Christ's College, Finchley and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He joined the Indian Civil Service in 1867 and in 1869 appointed joint magistrate & collector at Backergunge, Bengal, working in Sylhet 1870, and several other stations in India being appointed District and Sessions Judge in 1888 retiring in 1896. He married at Bucklesham, near Ipswich on 29 December 1886, Ann Rebecca Everitt and in 1901 they were living at Holiday House, Wolsey Terrace, Felixstowe with their two daughters, Mary Elizabeth 12 and Mabel Annie Posford [q.v.], both born in India, and they kept three indoor servants. An accomplished draughtsman and watercolour landscape painter which improved over time and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1890-1902 exhibiting from Falkenham Lodge, near Ipswich in 1890 'The House, Comillah', 'They Ayah', 'The House, Burrisant' and 'The Khansame' and in 1897 from Holiday House, Felixstowe, Suffolk 'Herons and Felixstowe', 'Nynee Tal and Cheena', 'Panorama from Tiger Village near Darjeeling', 'Al Simla, Elysian Hill', 'Marshman's Cottage', 'Rainy Season, Bengal' and Spring Season, Bengal' showing over twenty works 1890-1898 including 'At Walton Ferry' and 'Harwich Harbour from Peewit Hill', he also exhibited in 1890 at a show 'India Illustrated by her Residents' at The Galleries, 104 New Bond Street, London. He built Foxgrove, High Road East, Felixstowe where he died on 21 December 1902, aged 56 and was buried in the nearby St Peter & St Paul church, Old Felixstowe.