GRONE, Ferdinand Emilius

1848 - 1920

Ferdinand Emilius Gröne, was born at Ludensched, Westfalen, Prussia (Germany) on 18th and baptised on the 29 January 1848, son of Herman Dietrich Gröne and his wife Anna Catharina née Vosloh and Ferdinand became a naturalised Englishman on 30 March 1903. In 1867 he matriculated for the University of London and in 1871, was a 21 year old assistant master at Oliver's Mount School, Scarborough. He married at Newport, Isle of Wight, Hampshire in 1874, Elizabeth Pierce and in December 1876, they opened a boarding school at Minden House, Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex which by 1883 was a boarding school for girls at Wellesley Road, Colchester. In 1881, a 32 year old professor of languages & art master, living at Colchester, with his 32 year old wife Elizabeth, a 5 year old daughter Alice Herminie [Minnie Gröne q.v.] and a 3 year old son Freidrich, both born at Colchester, his 23 year old niece Mary Pierce and ten pupils. His wife died at Colchester on 24 September 1901, aged 53 and in 1911, Ferdinand was a 62 year old widower and schoolmaster still at Wellesley Road, with both his 36 year old daughter Alice Herminie and a Miss Dorothy St Ledger 18, as teachers, with eight pupils. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1886-1903 and exhibited from Colchester in 1896 two watercolours, 'The "Boat Train" Shakespeare Cliff, Dover' and 'Iris', in 1889 he exhibited two oils, 'Wonderland' and 'Astronomers' and five watercolours, 'A Cloudy Morning', 'Beside the Still Waters', 'The Road to the New Forest', 'Mushroom Gatherers' and 'In the Moonlight Shimmer', in 1899 two oils, 'Wonderland' and 'Moonlight on the Cliffs', in 1900 an oil, 'The Moonbeam' and in 1901 two further oils, 'The Banks of the Wye' and 'An Octopus Treet' and was a regular exhibitor with 4 pictures in 1902, 2 in 1903 and one in 1905 'The Hermit's Cave' with his last exhibit at Ipswich in 1906 'Where the Waters Meet' and his watercolour 'In the Harvest Field' was shown at the centenary of the Club in 1974, on loan from Colchester & Essex Museums. In 1889 at the Woodbridge Fine Art Exhibition at the Assembly Room at the Bull Hotel, Woodbridge he exhibited an oil 'Peace Offering' and at Chelmsford Art Society in October 1893 'One for Baby'. He also exhibited at The Royal Academy, the New Water Colour Society and at Suffolk Street. On 10 May 1900 there was a large auction sale of paintings 'by direction of the artists' Charles Eyles [q.v.] and F. E. Grone, at the Art Gallery, High Street, Ipswich. He died at 512a Lordship Lane, Camberwell, London on 14 February 1920, aged 70 [sic].

Works by This Artist