BLACKDEN, Marcus Worsley

1864 - 1934

Marcus Worsley Blackden was born at Great Malvern, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire on 25 August 1864 and baptised on 18 September 1864, second son of Marcus Seton Blackden (8 July 1826-20 June 1916), an annuitant, and his first wife Fanny Franklyn (1834-22 March 1876), second daughter of Revd Thomas Ward Franklyn (1801-1876), who married at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Brompton, London on 11 June 1862, Marcus Seton married secondly at St Mary Magdalene's Church, Colchester on 4 November 1884, Mary Elizabeth Cotter. Marcus was educated at Repton and at Malvern School of Art, Worcester and in 1901, was an artist, painter & sculptor, living at 3 Wells Road, Marylebone, London with his sister, 28-year-old Ada Mary Blackden, who was also an artist, painter & sculptor. Marcus married at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London on 3 February 1909, Hilda Alethea Franklyn (31 May 1885-9 January 1988), only child of Holland Franklyn of Longcroft Hall, Yoxhall, and in 1911, Marcus was a 46-year-old, living on private means, at Langley Lodge, Fawley, Hampshire with his 25-year-old wife Hilda and their only child, Olive Hermione Worsley [Plomer/Dixie] (15 January 1910-2002), who was also an amateur artist. Marcus was a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle in 1898, from Oulton Broad, Suffolk. Blackden was also an Egyptologist and volunteered as a member of the archaeology survey at Beni Hasan in Egypt 1891-1892, when he made some coloured drawings but illness intervening, and these were completed by Howard Carter, but Blackden was the author of two books on this archaeological survey 'Collection of Hieratic Graffiti from the Alabaster Quarry of Hat-Nub' (1892) and 'Ritual of the mystery of the judgment of the soul: From an ancient Egyptian papyrus' (1914). Marcus Worsley Blackden died at Langley Lodge, Blackfield, Fawley, Hampshire on 21 September 1934, aged 70.

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