BURWOOD, George Vempley

1844 - 1917

George Vempley Burwood

George Vempley Burwood, was born at Lowestoft, Suffolk on 12 August and baptised at St Margaret's Lowestoft on 6 October 1844, son of George Burwood, a fisherman, and his wife Mary Ann. He married firstly at Ipswich in 1868, Eliza Miller (1844-1874), by whom he had a daughter Rosa and a son Arthur; and secondly in 1875, Martha Cox of Fresfield, Sussex, by whom he had a further ten children. Apparently an engineer, Burwood was proficient in working with wood, especially at model-building. It was this capability which sparked his taking up painting, initially as a ship's portraitist working in watercolor and oils. George was commissioned to make a model for Princess Alexandra which is now housed in the Lowesoft Museum along with other Burwood models and paintings. In 1881, the family were living at Lindfield Cottage, Mariner’s Score, Lowestoft where George was ‘a cooper & marine modeller’ and, although not a member, exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club from Lindfield Cottage 1882-1885 including; 'Smack 'Lahloo' returning from Sea' (1882), 'Scarborough Castle and North Bay by Moonlight', 'Herring Fishing off Lowestoft, Moonlight', 'Lighthouse and Pier, South Bay, Scarboro'', 'Lowestoft and Yarmouth, Fishing Boats in a Storm' and 'Scarborough Castle and South Bay, from the Nab Rock' (1884) and 'To the Rescue-Wrecks on Lowestoft South Beach-Moonlight' and 'On a Lee Shore, Lowestoft South Beach, Looking North' (1885). During 1891-1911 he was at the same address a ‘marine artist & sculptor’. He died at Lowestoft in 1917, aged 72.

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