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 Lieut in the Militia, and his wife Cecile Maria (c1836-1913) daughter of Sir Francis Dugdale Astley, who 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 Almondsbury, Gloucester and 35 year old Cecile, born 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, 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 Brandeston, Suffolk and their one year old son John Astley, born 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 artist who exhibited at Birmingham Royal Society of Artists; Manchester City Art Gallery; New Gallery; Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of British Painters; Royal Scottish Academy and Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours, from London 1885, Thursley, Godalming, Surrey 1890, Maiden Newson, Dorset 1899, Blandford, Dorset 1909, Hawick 1909 and 1925, Benhall, Saxmundham, Suffolk from 1917 and Broughton Ferry, Dundee 1937. 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 Society of Painters in Water Colours in 1941. His wife died in a Norwich hospital on 29 March 1949, aged 72 and John Edmond at Benhall Cottage, Benhall, Saxmundham, Suffolk on 17 December 1951, aged 82.

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