BROWTON, Jessie Mabel

1882 - 1971

Jessie Mabel Browton, was born at 'Pen Y Bryn', Bushey Grove, Bushey, Hertfordshire on 24 September 1882, only child of James Dudley Browton (1845-1925), a coal merchant, and his wife Hester née Hobbs, who married at Watford on 21 December 1881. Jessie studied at Watford School of Science, Art and Literature and where she won awards 1896-1905 and where she was an assistant tutor. In 1901, her father was a 51 year old farm bailiff, living at Park Gate, The Avenue, Bushey with his 42 year old wife and 18 year old Jessie, now an art pupil teacher. In 1911, a 28 year old art teacher, a guest at 26 Severn Street, Leicester, the home of 82 year old widow Sarah Ann Craven and her 49 year old daughter. In the early 1930's Jessie was living at 50 Manor Road, Stoke Newington, London, when she was principally known as a figure painter, about which time she moved to Walberswick, Suffolk. In 1939, an art school teacher, living at 70 Brockswood Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire with a widowed lady domestic. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1947-1956 and exhibited from Blythwye Cottage, Walberswick in 1947 two watercolours, 'Bob Cross's Hut, Walberswick' and 'The Old Pier, Walberswick' and in 1949 'November Roses' and a still life 'Iris Stylosa' and was a regular exhibitor up until 1953 when she exhibited two pictures 'The Limestone Platform, Malham, Yorkshire' and 'Green Apples'. A prolific topographical watercolour artist around her home in Suffolk and was a member of the Walberswick Art Club 1947-1956 and also exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1933 'The Knitter'. She died at Blythwye Cottage, Walberwick, Southwold, Suffolk on 20 May 1971, she was unmarried. Southwold Museum hold a good collection of her paintings, and also holds the 'Browton Diaries', a village journal that she kept for many years, recording both major and minor events.

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