FOLKARD, Robert William

1811 - 1835

Mariner, winner of the Swaffham Cup, 1834

Robert William Folkard, was born at Beccles, Suffolk in 1811 and baptised at Burnham Westgate, Norfolk on 30 May 1813, son of James Folkard (1751-1820), vetinary surgeon at Beccles, and his second wife Elizabeth née Brown. A Suffolk provincial painter who at one time was an assistant in the studio of Edwin Cooper [q.v.]. He exhibited at the Norwich Society of Artists from Beccles in 1832, 'Three-year Old - 'A Design'' and in 1833 two paintings 'Brood Mare and Foals and Four-year-old' and 'The Portrait of a Favorite Pony and Dog, the property of Osmond Clark, Esq.'. His work is usually signed and dated and his portrait of ‘Mariner’ a black greyhound dated 1831 was auctioned by Sotheby’s in 1971 and again in 2004 when it sold for £1,315. Described as an artist he died at Beccles, Suffolk on 9 November 1835, aged 34, and buried at Friends Burial Ground, Wymondham, Norfolk, seven days later.