DUVALL, John William

1850 - 1919

John William Duvall was born at Maidstone, Kent in 1850 but not baptised at Ipswich until 28 June 1861, son of John Duvall and his wife Lavinia Cockburne née Morfill of Maidstone who, shortly after his birth, came to Ipswich, where in 1855 his father was an artist & teacher of drawing at Westgate Street, with a shop at 4 Butter Market, Ipswich and in 1863 'Duvall's Fine Arts Repository at 17 Queen Street. Young John was taught art by his father and was educated at Christ's Hospital School in Ipswich he was commended for a work of an illumination, and he studied at Ipswich School of Science & Art, where in 1864, together with other fellow pupils including William Robert Symonds, Frederick George Cotman and Isaac Sheppard, and where he won prizes for his work. In 1871, a clerk, living with his parents, 55-year-old John and 48-year-old Lavinia at Old Butter Market, Ipswich. After spending 12 years with estate agent Robert Bond of Ipswich, in 1878 he went into partnership with Charles Maurice Stanford of Houbridge Hall, Great Oakley, Harwich, Essex, trading as Stanford & Duvall, auctioneers, valuers, and estate agents at Colchester, Essex, this partnership was dissolved on 31 December 1886 when Duvall went as agent to the Culford Hall estates, near Bury St Edmund's. A member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Society 1876-1889, latterly from his lodgings at 7 Head Street, Colchester, the home of widow Jane Prosser and her family who kept a chemist & druggist shop. In 1883, he exhibited at the Ipswich Art Society from Colchester, four watercolours 'Kinlock Aylort, Arisay, NB., Evening', 'Loch Aylort, Arisay, NB.', 'Arlesley Harbour, NB.' and 'View in Dorset'. As an agent for the Culford Estates of Richard Benyon Berens, he married at Preston St Mary Church, Suffolk on 28 January 1886, Anna Wright (1863-1 August 1945), second daughter of John Ely Wright of Preston Manor, and in 1891 a 40-year-old land agent, living at The Grange, London Road, Great Amwell, Ware, Hertfordshire with his 27 year old wife Anna, plus a daughter Helen Muriel 3 and a son John Richard 2, who were both born at Culford, Suffolk. John William Duvall remained a surveyor, land agent and auctioneer at The Grange until his death there on 6 June 1919, aged 68. His wife, who was of 19 Park Road, Soutbborough, Tunbridge Wells, died at the Earls Court Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent on 1 August 1945, aged 82.