CUBITT, Frederick

1840 - 1927

Frederick Cubitt was born at 2 Upper Market Street, Norwich on 8 November 1840 and baptised at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich on 24 November 1840, ninth son and twelth of the thirteen children of George Cubitt (29 March 1800-14 June 1876), a chemist & druggist, and his wife Harriet née Stannard (6 January 1805-24 June 1870), who married at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich on 21 March 1825. In 1851, Frederick was living at Upper Market Street, Norwich with his parents, 50-year-old George and 46-year-old Harriet with three siblings including Herbert Cundall Cubitt, who was the grandfather of Edith Alice Cubitt. Frederick left secondary school at the age of fourteen and studied at Norwich School of Artl. In 1857, apprenticed to London wood engraver James Davis Cooper (1824-1904) at 16 Warner Road, Lambeth and after completing his apprenticeship, on 6 June 1861 he sailed on the 'The Lightning' for Australia, joining his brother Arthur who ran a newspaper. During his time in Australia, Frederick made several engravings of Australian scenery but sailing on the 'Sebrain' he arrived back in England on 13 July 1867, taking up his Freedom of Norwich in 1868. His mother died at Norwich in 1870, aged 65, and in 1871, Frederick was a 30-year-old managing clerk to a seed dresser, living at 10 Theatre Street, Norwich with his widowed father. Frederick married at Attleborough, Norfolk on 6 August 1873, Julia Mary Salter (9 July 1850-28 July 1931), eldest daughter of Thomas Fisher Salter of Attleborough Hall, and they went to live at Church Lane, Basingstoke but in 1876, he came to Ipswich as an agent for McDougal Brothers, selling sugar and oil cake, living at Handford Villas, Ranelagh Road. About 1880, together with his wife and then four children, he moved to Grafton Lodge, 28 Burlington Road, Ipswich and in 1881, Frederick was a 40 year old oil cake merchant with his 30 year old wife Julia with four, of their eight children, his eldest son, 6 year old George Eaton Stannard was born at Basingstoke, Hampshire, and his then other three children Gerald Baker 4, Irene Cubitt 3 and Douglas Frank 2, being born at Ipswich. On 24 December 1888, then with seven children, he moved across the road to Hollenden House, 9 Burlington Road, Ipswich. In 1907 Frederick retired from business and moved to Otley Grange, near Ipswich which he sold in 1921, moving to Rookwood, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich where he died on 6 January 1927. His wife Julia died in 1931, aged 80. A Committee Member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1890-1912 but does not seem to have exhibited but he donated two works from his large art collection to Ipswich Council 'Pilchard Fishers' by Butler and 'A Wayside Inn' by Lingwood.

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