PYTCHES, John Thomas

1843 - 1905

John Thomas Pythces, was born at Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk on 3 April and baptised at St Andrew's Melton 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 by 1871 a 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, 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 on 21 April 1905, aged 62 and his wife Mary followed on 14 March 1934, aged 80, they had two sons Thomas Arthur (1879-1953) and George Julian (1880-1965).