WYKES, Henry John

1850 - 1916

Henry John Wykes, was born at Southam, Warwickshire in 1850, son of John Wykes, a grocer, who died shortly before his son's birth, and his second wife Elizabeth née Arch, who married at Southam in 1848. In 1851, 8 month old Henry, was living with his 34 year old mother, who had taken over the family grocer's shop, at Coventry Street, Southam with his three step-siblings. His mother married secondly at Southam in 1853, Peter Crawford, a church misssioner, and they moved to Halesworth in Suffolk. In 1871, 20 year old Henry was a clerk, living with his 63 year old stepfather and his mother, at Holton Road, Halesworth where step-father Peter Crawford died on 12 September the following year. In 1881, 68 year old widow Elizabeth Crawford, was living at Soap House Hill, Halesworth, Suffolk with her 30 year old son Henry, 'a companion to an invalid gentleman', with Henry's cousin 27 year old Sarah Arch. Henry studied at Ipswich School of Science and Art, passing his perspective examinations in 1886 and drawing in 1888 and oil & watercolour in 1893. In 1891 Henry and his mother were living at 65 Berners Street, Ipswich, where Henry was a 'teacher of drawing and an accountant'. His mother died in 1900 when Henry moved to 2 Wilberforce Street, Ipswich 'an artist in oil and watercolour' with a housekeeper. A member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from 1901 until his death and exhibited from 2 Wilberforce Street, Ipswich in 1901, three oil paintings 'Sandy Lane, Belstead', 'Crane Hill, Ipswich' and 'View on London Road', in 1912 two oils 'Sproughton Hall' and 'View of Little Bealings' and four watercolours 'The Gipping, Bramford', 'View in East Bergholt', 'Sproughton Bridge and Mill' and 'Washbrook Bridge', in 1916 four works 'View of Little Bealings', 'Bramford Church from the Meadows', 'The Gipping, Bramford' and 'The Meadows, Sproughton'. He died at 2 Wilberforce Street, Ipswich on 29 February 1916, he was unmarried.

Works by This Artist