1832 - 1917

Herman Biddell, was born at Playford, Suffolk on 16 June 1832, son of Arthur Biddell (1783-1860) and his wife Mary née Ransome (1789-1855) of Ipswich, who married at Greenstead, Colchester, Essex on 4 July 1817. The Biddell’s were substantial land-owners and farmers at Playford, friends with Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-1892) and the Arthur Young families. Herman married at Burgh Church near Playford on 29 April 1870, Harriet Barlow (1847-1923), only daughter of Revd Henry Masterman Barlow, rector of Burgh, and in 1871, a farmer of the family's 550 acre Hill Farm at Playford where he lived with his 23 year old wife. Founder member and secretary of the Suffolk Horse Society and exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1881-1897, his membership lapsed in 1897. He exhibited five paintings in 1881 'A Very Cold Morning', 'Mid-day Sun', 'Morning Clouds', 'A Peep at Playford' and 'Our Natives' also five in 1882, none in 1883 but four in 1884 including 'On the Hangings, Playford' for sale at 50 guineas, 'A Leaf from my Note Book in Wales', 'October' and another but did not exhibit in 1885. Still living at Hill Farm in 1891, together with his wife and four daughters and a son Herman, jun. of their seven children. He died at Archway House, Playford on 2 March 1917, leaving a widow and family.

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