DREWELL, Robert

1811 - 1856

Robert Drewell, was born at Beccles, Suffolk about 1811, son of Samuel Drewell and his wife Martha née Long. Robert Drewell married at St George Hanover Square, London in 1835, Matilda Ann, née Bye and moved to Southwold, Suffolk. Robert was the printer of the Southwold Corporation accounts for 1838 and, in partnership with Emily Bye at Queen Street, Southwold, in 1847 printed a broadside handbill for a race meeting of 30 July 1847, imprinted Bye & Drewall, printers, Southwold but by 1851 Drewell was described as a 39 year old artist, living at Queen Street, Southwold with his 39 year old wife Matilda, born Southwold and children, 14 year old Robert, born London, 12 year old Samuel and 8 year old Matilda Ann, both born at Beccles. Recorded in 1853 as Bye & Drewall, printers and noted in White’s Suffolk Directory of 1855 as a printer on his own account. Drewall died on 20 November 1856, aged 45, and buried at Southwold St Edmund church and his will is at SRO/Ipswich, one of the executrix was Emily Bye and the will mentions his wife Matilda, and children Matilda Ann, Robert John and Samuel Bye [q.v.] and his brother George Drewell of Beccles. Robert was succeeded in his business by his wife Matilda although it was offered for sale in April 1856. The subject of his painting was Lord William Hill who was killed in Ipswich when struck by a branch of a tree and Henry Davy [q.v.] made an engraving of the accident. (Copsey - Suffolk Book Trades - Ipswich 2012).




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