ROFFEY, Delamark Banks

1853 - 1917

Delamark Banks Roffey, was born at Minster-in-Sheppey, Kent in 1853 and baptised on 24 September 1827, youngest of the four children of Richard John Roffey (1822-12 November 1859) and his wife Ann Elizabeth Hinds née Rogers (1821-8 July 1907), who married at Harlington, Middlesex in August 1843. His father Richard died at Walmer in 1859 and in 1861 Delamark, was an 8 year old, living at 7 Terrace, Walmer, Kent with his 39 year old widowed mother and siblings Nanette Ann 16, Margaret Ceclia 14 and Richard John Edward William 11, who died at Holbrook Rectory, Suffolk on 5 December 1863, aged 14. Delamark was educated at Oxney Court, Dover, Kent and in 1881, was a 28 year old animal painter, living at 17 The Grove, Boltons, South Kensington with his 58 year old mother Ann. A founder member of the Ipswich Art Club 1875-1887 and exhibited from 17 The Grove, Boltons, South Kensington, London in 1881, four paintings 'Escaped', 'Study of Fingo's Head', 'Bully' and '"Fum" Chinese Dog'; four in 1882 'My Bird, I think', 'Lady Susan at Home', 'Rough and Ready' and 'Velvet and Rags', one in 1883 'On Guard' and two in 1884 'The Blue Ribbon Movement' and 'Waiting'. He married at Great Mongeham Parish Church, Deal, Kent on 1 March 1892, Ida Constance Maria Cholmeley Harrison (14 June 1854-24 April 1923) and they went to live at 39 Cromwell Road, Hove, Sussex being described as 'on private means'. A keen cricket player and is recorded as playing for the Suffolk county side and spent his summers at the Bath Hotel, Felixstowe, Suffolk from at least 1873 until the hotel was burnt down by the suffragettes. He died at 39 Cromwell Road, Hove on 12 October 1917, aged 64, without issue.