HAGREEN, Henry Browne

1831 - 1912

Henry Browne Hagreen, was born at Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk on 20 June and baptised at St James’s Church on 21 July 1831, son of James Hagreen (1782-1831), furrier & straw hat maker, and his second wife Emma née Taylor, and a younger half-brother to Wat Hagreen. Henry exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association exhibition at the New Lecture Hall at the Ipswich Mechanics' Institution in August 1850, a watercolour 'Ipswich Docks, late Sunset' and in 1851, was a 19 year old artist painter, lodging at Tacket Street, Ipswich, the home of Henry Osborn, a shoemaker, and his family. He also exhibited 1853-1854, two works at the Society of British Artists, ‘The Knife Boy’ and ‘My Own Studio at Ipswich’ and one work at the Royal Academy in 1856, both from Tacket Street, Ipswich. He married at Ipswich in 1856, Emma Angelina Roe (16 September 1831-1897), whose miniature portrait was painted by Ethel Mahala Morgan, and they moved to London where he is noted in an advertisement in the Liverpool Mercury of 20 February 1857 as drawing master at The Laurels' School, Walthamstow. In 1861 he was living at 5 Victoria Grove, Chelsea, a 29 year old ‘artist in drawing’, with his 29 year old wife Emma, born Ipswich, one year old daughter Emily and a lodger, 18 year old art student Frederic J Lees, his 4 year old son Henry, was away from home. About 1868 he moved to 16 Thistle Grove East, Kensington where a daughter Florence was born and another son, Leonard, was born there in 1874 and he was still living at Thistle Grove in 1881. Henry served for 46 years as an art teacher in the architecture class at the Royal College of Art in South Kensington, London and in 1891, a 59 year old architect, living at ‘Edgecombe’, Keswick Road, Wandsworth with his wife, three daughters and son Leonard, daughter Mary Ellen (born 1862) was an art student. His wife died at Edgecombe, Keswick Road, Putney on 20 January 1897, aged 65 when Henry seems to have returned to being a teacher of art. Henry, who was the grandfather of Philip Hagreen (1890-1988), the wood-engraver and a follower of Eric Gill, died at at ‘Edgecombe’, Keswick Road, Wandsworth on 6 December 1912.

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