BLAKE, Marcus

1842 - 1919

Arthur Marcus Cecil Blake, was born at Park Crescent, Broadwater, Worthing, Sussex, in 1842 and baptised at Worthing on 15 September 1842, third child and son of Joseph Blake, a fundholder, and his wife Elizabeth Mary Ann née Murray Macgregor (c.1819-1857), who was born in India. In 1851, an 8 year old, living at Broadwater, Worthing with his parents, 48 year old Joseph and 32 year old Elizabeth, with siblings Walter 12, Cecilia 10, Augustus 3, Robert 1 and newly born Mary with six indoor servants. Educated at a private school kept by Charles Clarke at Angel Hill, St Marys, Bury St Edmund's, where Marcus was an 18 year old boarder pupil in 1861 with several other boarder pupils. In 1871, a 28 year old, living at 80 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmund's with his 66 year old widowed father Joseph, with siblings Augustus 24 and Robert 21, both born at Worthing, with three indoor servants. As Mr Marcus Blake, he exhibited at the Bury St Edmund's and West Suffolk Fine Art Soin 1882 and in 1891, 'living on own means', still at 80 Guildhall Street, with two indoor servants and was still there in 1901. He married at Lowestoft, Suffolk on 12 December 1908, Martha Mabel Hughes, second daughter of Clarke Hughes of Ross. He died at 80 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmund's on 10 April 1919, aged 76.