COWELL, George James

1861 - 1933

George James Cowell, was born at Heydon, a small village on the Essex/Cambridgeshire borders, on 31 March 1861, second child of John Cowell, a grocer, and his wife Rosetta née Hayes, who married at Heydon on 18 February 1857. In 1871, a 10 year old, living at Heydon, Essex with his parents, 37 year old John and 33 year old Rosetta, and his five siblings, Robert 12, Sarah 7, Arthur 5, William 3 and Edward 1, all born at Heydon. George was educated at Heydon Junior Middle Infants' School. He married at Paddington, London in 1897, Eva Ayerst, Eva Cowell after which they moved to Ulcombe, Farnham Road, Snape, Suffolk. In 1900, an artist and in 1901, described at ‘sculptor’ when his 32 year old wife was an ‘artist’. He exhibited busts and statues at the Royal Academy from 286 King's Road, Chelsea in 1886 'Diana after the Chase', in 1887 'Harry Erskine, Esq.', 'An Old Pensioner' and 'Lord Herschell', in 1888 'The Jolly Miller' and 'A Gipsy', in 1889 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', in 1890 'The Death of the First Born', in 1893 from 8 Scarsdale Studios, Stratford Road, Kensington in 1893 'Ishamel' and in 1896 'Cupid cheating Prudence' also showing at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and the New Gallery. He was living at Snape Watering, Saxmundham in 1904 but by 1908 had moved to an adjoining village, Old Cottage, Thorpeness, Leiston and was still there in 1911. George James Cowell died at Thorpeness in 1933, aged 71.




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