NEALE, John Preston

1779 - 1847

John Preston Neale, was baptised at Whitechapel, London in April 1779, son of John Neale of Colitishall, Norfolk and his wife Elizabeth Ann née Preston of Rollesby, Norfolk. He spent the earlier years of his life as a clerk in the London Post Office and began drawing insects and formed a lifetime friendship with Norfolk artist John Varley (1778-1842) and together they produced the first and only part of 'Cabinet of Nature'. Much of his work was drawn although he also produced the occasional watercolour or oil painting. A contributor to the Royal Academy exhibitions of topographical drawings and landscapes 1804-1844 also showing at the Oil and Watercolour Society 1817-1818, but was better known for his architectural drawings and worked for Britton's 'Beauties of England and Wales'. He married Ann Pote and had several daughters and a son Edward Pote Neale (1801-1871), who was curate and later vicar at St Mary’s, Tattingstone, Suffolk. He died at Tattingstone, near Ipswich on 14 November 1847, in his 68th year. (Copsey-Suffolk Writers 2002)

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