MUCKLE, Gilford James

1871 - 1964

Gilford James Muckle was born at 11 Church Street, Monkbretton, Barnsley, Yorkshire on 25 July 1871 and baptised at St Paul Monk Bretton on 3 September 1871, son of John Muckle, a mining engineer, and his wife Ann née Scott. In 1881, Gilford was a 19-year-old apprentice wood carver, living at 4 East Parade, Elswick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne with his parents, 57-year-old John and 52-year-old Ann and his two younger siblings, Harold 17 and Marian 16. Gilford married at Watford, Hertfordshire in 1905, Mary Jane Muckle née Gruby, who was the widow of artist Stephen Briggs Carlill, who was murdered in the Pollela district of South Africa, where they had a horse breeding farm in Natal. In 1911, Gilford was a 39-year-old artist decorator, living at 7 Netherton Grove, Chelsea with his 44-year-old wife Mary Jane with their 5-year-old son Thomas Richard, born at Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire and who died in 1976. By 1922 they were living at Gedgrave, Orford, Suffolk and Gilford was still there in 1937. As G. J. Muckel he exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club from Gedrave in 1937 two oils, 'Suffolks' and 'The Launch' and sometimes as John and James Muckle of Gedgrave, was a member 1938-1961 and exhibited from Gedgrave in 1938 an oil, 'Green and White' and three bust carvings. In 1939 he was living at Cedar Cottage, Snape, Woodbridge, Suffolk and exhibited at Ipswich in 1941, three works 'On Trent and Mersey Canal', 'The Canal goes Under' and 'Armitage Church', in 1943 three works 'Deidre Gartside', 'Foxburrow Wood' and 'Now for a Ride' and in 1947 he exhibited watercolours 'The Launch', 'Single Dahlia' and 'The Storm' and was a regular annual exhibitor. One of his paintings 'Horses on a Hillock at Orford, Suffolk' (1937), was probably his 'Suffolks', was sold at Keys Auction at Aylsham, Norfolk in 1993. Gilford James Muckle was of Cedar Cottage, Snape, Suffolk when he died at Red House Nursing Home, Kilverstone, Thetford, Norfolk on 10 September 1964. He was baptised Gillford and died Gilford but was variously known at Gildford or Guildford.

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