PYTCHES, John Thomas

1843 - 1905

Born at Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk on 3 April and baptised at St Andrew's Melon on 8 June 1843, only child of Thomas Pytches, a major in the East Suffolk Terratorials, and his wife Anne née Carthew, who married at Woodbridge in 1841. In 1851, a 7 year old living at Melton Street, Woodbridge with his parents, 47 year old Thomas and 52 year old Anne with one indoor servant. He was articled to a solicitor but in 1871 was 28 year old 'living from investment income' on a visit to 43 year old architect Frederick Francy and his family, at Lower Toddington Road, Brentford, Middlesex. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1875-1876 and exhibited in 1875 seven works 'Autumn Sunset', 'By the Roadside', 'The Life of Enoch Arden', 'Home', ''From Life', 'The Glen' and 'Still Life' . He married at Roos, Partrington, Yorkshire in 1879, Mary Elizabeth Dickinson and in 1891 was a 48 year old 'on own means' living at Little Grange, Woodbridge with his 37 year old wife Mary and two servants. Little Grange was the former home of poet & translator Edward FitzGerald and where John Pytches died in 1905, aged 62 and his wife Mary followed in 1934, aged 80, they had one son Thomas Arthur (1879-1953).