NORMAN, Parsons

1840 - 1914

As George Parson[s] Norman, he was born at Newington, Surrey in 1840, eldest child of George Parson Norman (17 December 1815-1891), a conveyancer clerk, and his wife Emily née Clarke (c1846-1915), who married at Newington, London in 1839. In 1851, 10-year-old George Parson was living at 12 East Harding Street, St Bride's, London with his parents, 36-year-old George Parson Norman and 34-year-old Emily, with two siblings, Selina 8 and Horace John 2. George married at Hackney in 1865, Eleanor Clark when he seems to have gradually hyphenated his name to Parsons-Norman and in 1861 they were living at Jubilee Cottage, London Fields, Dalston, Hackney, London. Around 1878 they moved to Lowestoft, Suffolk and in 1881, George was a 39-year-old artist, at 2 Burton Street, Lowestoft with his 34-year-old wife Eleanor and two children, Pattie Eleanor Norman 14 and George Samuel Norman-Crosse 9, both born in London. A landscape and coastal painter and as Parsons Norman, a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1874-1914 exhibiting from his studio at Old Bank House, London Road, Lowestoft in 1881, three paintings ‘Soham Fen, Cambridgeshire’, 'Fritton Decoy' and 'By the Fen City', and in 1882 he had on show his Royal Academy exhibit 'On the Waveney, by Beccles' and in 1883 had four pictures on show 'A Quiet Corner on Fritton Water, Suffolk', 'A Peep at Fritton from the Hill', 'A Troop on a Suffolk Broad' and 'The Samuel Plimsoll Lifeboat' and continued to exhibit regularly and 'the late Parsons-Norman' in 1923 a watercolour, 'Sketch of the Strumpshore Staithe, near Brundall'. By 1888 he had moved his studio to Dagmar House, London Road and by 1892 had his home at 1 St Margaret’s Terrace, Church Road with his studio at 9 Commercial Road, Lowestoft. In 1889 he exhibited at the Woodbridge Art Exhibition at the Assembly Room, Bull Hotel, Woodbridge an oil 'A Horrid Tale' and a watercolour 'Lock on the Waveney' also showing at the Royal Academy; the Birmingham Royal Society of Artists and at the Royal Society of British Artists from 38 Elgin Road, Maida Vale, London in 1877, four watercolours 'Brig Ashore', 'Warren House, Lanelaft', 'Landscape with Sheep' and 'Moon Rising of the Ness, Lowestoft'. By 1906 he had moved to 46 Unthank Road, Norwich and then to Gorleston, Great Yarmouth. Many of his pictures featured on local holiday postcards and were used for many years and he published three books of his paintings 'Poppyland' and 'Broadland' No. 1 and No. 2. George Parsons Norman was of 81 City Road, Norwich when he died at 88 Garden Terrace, Springfield Road, Gorleston, Norfolk on 27 September 1914, aged 74 and his wife died the following year aged 69.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Lowestoft, Suffolk
1881 410 On the Waveney, by Beccles
1891 711 Contentment: A Corner on a Norfolk Broad
from 9 Commercial Road, Lowestoft
1892 86 Cromer, Norfolk
from Thorpe, Norwich
1897 691 Blinding Spray

Works by This Artist