COWELL, George James

1861 - 1933

George James Cowell was born at Heydon, a small village on the Essex/Cambridgeshire borders, on 31 March 1861, second child of John Cowell (1835-1893), a groom, and his wife Rosetta née Hayes (1839-1928), who married at Heydon on 18 February 1857. In 1871, George was a 10-year-old, living at Heydon, Essex with his parents, 37-year-old John and 33-year-old Rosetta, and his five siblings, Robert 12, Sarah 7, Arthur 5, William 3 and Edward 1, all born at Heydon. George was educated at Heydon Junior Middle Infants' School. He married at Paddington, London in 1897, Eva Cowell née Ayerst after which they moved to Ulcombe, Farnham Road, Snape, Suffolk. In 1900, an artist and in 1901, described at ‘sculptor’ when his 32-year-old wife was an ‘artist’. He exhibited busts and statues at the Royal Academy also showing at the Walker Art Gallery and the New Gallery. He was living at Snape Watering, Saxmundham in 1904 but by 1908 had moved to an adjoining village, Old Cottage, Thorpeness, Leiston and was still there in 1911 and in 1921 was living with his wife at Bowden House, Stoke Fleming, Devon, the home of his sister-in-law Annette Minnie Nethuton. George James Cowell died at Thorpeness in 1933, aged 71.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 286 King's Road, Chelsea
1886 Diana after the Chase
1887 Harry Erskine, Esq.
         An Old Pensioner'
         Lord Herschell
1888 The Jolly Miller
          A Gipsy
1889 A Midsummer Night's Dream
1890 The Death of the First Born
from 8 Scarsdale Studios, Stratford Road, Kensington
1893 Ishamel
1896 Cupid cheating Prudence
from Aldringham, Leiston, Suffolk
1914 2004 Ishmael - marble statue

Works by This Artist