BROWTON, Jessie Mabel

1882 - 1971

Jessie Mabel Browton was born at 'Pen Y Bryn', Bushey Grove, Bushey, Hertfordshire on 24 September 1882, only child of James Dudley Browton (April 1845-28 August 1925), a coal merchant, and his wife Hester née Hobbs (1860-1937), who married at Watford on 21 December 1881. Jessie studied at Watford School of Science, Art and Literature and where she won awards 1896-1905 and where an assistant tutor. In 1901, her father was a 51-year-old farm bailiff, living at Park Gate, The Avenue, Bushey with his 42-year-old wife and 18-year-old Jessie, now an art pupil teacher. In 1911, a 28-year-old art teacher, a guest at 26 Severn Street, Leicester, the home of 82-year-old widow Sarah Ann Craven and her 49-year-old daughter but by 1921 was an art mistress living with her parents at St Margaret, Lower Road, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire. Principally known as a figure painter, she exhibited at the Royal Academy. In 1939, an art schoolteacher, living at 70 Brockswood Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire with a widowed lady domestic servant after which she moved to Walberswick in Suffolk. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1947-1956 and exhibited from Blythwye Cottage, Walberswick in 1947 two watercolours, 'Bob Cross's Hut, Walberswick' and 'The Old Pier, Walberswick' and in 1949 'November Roses' and a still life 'Iris Stylosa' and was a regular exhibitor up until 1953 when she exhibited two pictures 'The Limestone Platform, Malham, Yorkshire' and 'Green Apples'. A prolific topographical watercolour artist around her home in Suffolk and was a member of the Southwold Art Circle 1947-1956. Jessie Mabel Browton died at Blythwye Cottage, Walberwick, Southwold, Suffolk on 20 May 1971, she was unmarried. Southwold Museum hold a good collection of her paintings, and holds the 'Browton Diaries', a village journal that she kept for many years, recording both major and minor events.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 50 Manor Road, Stoke Newington
1933 932 The Knitter - watercolour

Works by This Artist