1811 - 1866

George Walter Hagreen, known as Wat, was born at Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk on 2 June 1811, eldest son of James Hagreen (1782-1831), furrier & straw hat maker, and his first wife Fanny née Harrold (1785-1821). Walter was a draughtsman, etcher, painter, carver and church decorator, who in the 1840s was living in the Butter Market, with a studio at Fore Street, Ipswich, where he discovered an overmantel with painted panels and an inscription which showed that it was formerly the home of explorer Thomas Eldred (1562-1624). In 1851, an unmarried ‘etcher’, lodging at 1 Bibby Place, Lambeth, London, the home of Robert Groome, tobacconist, and his wife Mary. He married at Lambeth on 26 August 1856, 33 year old Catherine Smith and in 1861, they were living at 3 Paris Street, Lambeth with their two daughters Kate 4 and Mary 1. He died at Wimborne, Dorset in 1866, aged 55, leaving a 1 year old namesake son. He collaborated with Frederick Brett Russel [q.v.], who did the watercolours, in etchings for Hollingsworth’s 'Stowmarket' (1843) also 'Picturesque Antiquities of Ipswich' (1845) and Austin’s 'History of Chelsworth' (1850) and others.

Works by This Artist