GRAY, John Edmond Henry

1869 - 1951

John Edmond Henry Gray was born at Cosham, Hampshire on 17 April 1869, eldest child of Edmond Robert Henry Gray (19 August 1840-3 May 1912), a Lieutenant in the Militia, and his wife Cecile Maria Astley (1836-1913), daughter of Sir Francis Dugdale Astley, Edmond and Cecile married at St Paul's, Wilton Place, London on 27 May 1868. In 1871, one-year-old John was living at Clifton Place, Folkestone with his parents, 30-year-old Edmond, born at Almondsbury, Gloucester and 35-year-old Cecile, born at Bath, Somerset and they kept two indoor servants. By 1881, 40-year-old Edmond, now with no profession, his 44-year-old wife Cecile and their three children, John 11, Francis Cecil 9 and Kathleen Mary 3, had moved to 8 Petersham Terrace, Kensington, London where they kept six indoor servants. John married at Thursey, Surrey on 24 June 1897, Dulcibella Amy Gooch (1877-29 March 1949), daughter of Revd Francis Harcourt Gooch, vicar of Thursley, and his wife Catherine née Paine, and in 1901, a 31-year-old artist, living at Wynford House, Wynford Eagle, Dorset with his 24-year-old wife Dulcibella, born at Brandeston, Suffolk and their one-year-old son John Astley, born at Wynford Eagle, Dorset and they kept three indoor servants. In 1911, a 41-year-old painter artist, living at Wedhampton, Walmer Beach, Kent with his wife and two more sons Richard and Henry, both born at Wynford Eagle. A landscape and portrait artist who exhibited at the Royal Academy also showing at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists; Manchester City Art Gallery; New Gallery; Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Society of British Artists; Royal Scottish Academy and Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. A member of the Ipswich Art Club from Benhall 1926-1936 but had exhibited in 1923 an oil, 'Phlox' and exhibited from Benhall in 1930, three still life paintings two titled 'Roses' and one 'Polyanthus'. He was also elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1941. His wife died in a Norwich hospital in 1949, aged 72 and John Edmond Henry Gray died at Benhall Cottage, Benhall, Saxmundham, Suffolk on 17 December 1951, aged 82.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 12 Newton Grove, Bedford Park, London
1885 Flowers
from 7 The Avenue, 76 Fulham Road, London
1888 A Bit of the River Colne, near Twickenham
1891 Moonlight
         A Bit of Milford Heath
         A Road of the Common
from Thursley, Godalming, Surrey
1897 A Green and Silent Spot'
         Golden Footprints of Departing Day
1898 Chrysanthemums
1899 Benge
         A Study, Portrait of a Lady
from Wynford House, Maiden Newton, Dorset
1903 My Wife
1904 E. R. Gray, Esq.
         Portrait of the Artist
         We Two
1905 The Sunbonnet
1906 Stocks
from Cowleys, Whitechurch, Blandford, Dorset
1909 J. MacPherson Lawrie, Esq., M.D., D.L.
         Portrait of a Boy
from Benhall, Saxmundham, Suffolk
1913 77 Portrait of the Painter's Mother
1917 76 Portrait of a Lady
1922 139 Mrs E. E. Holland

Works by This Artist