HAGREEN, Henry Browne

1831 - 1912

Henry Browne Hagreen was born at Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk on 20 June 1831 and baptised at St James’s Church on 21 July 1831, son of James Hagreen (9 January 1786-28 February 1860), a furrier & straw-hat maker, and his second wife Emma née Taylor (c1790-31 March 1849), Henry was a younger half-brother to Wat Hagreen. Henry exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association exhibition at the New Lecture Hall at the Ipswich Mechanics' Institution in August 1850, a watercolour 'Ipswich Docks, late Sunset' and in 1851, was a 19-year-old artist painter, lodging at Tacket Street, Ipswich, the home of Henry Osborn, a shoemaker, and his family. He also exhibited 1853-1854, two works from Tacket Street, Ipswich at the Society of British Artists, ‘The Knife Boy’ and ‘My Own Studio at Ipswich’ and one work, under H B Hagrun, at the Royal Academy in 1856. He married at St Stephen's Church, Ipswich on 28 February 1856, Emma Angelina Roe (16 September 1831-20 January 1897), whose miniature portrait was painted by Ethel Mahala Morgan, and they moved to London where he is noted in an advertisement in the Liverpool Mercury of 20 February 1857 as drawing master at The Laurels' School, Walthamstow. In 1861 he was living at 5 Victoria Grove, Chelsea, a 29-year-old ‘artist in drawing’, with his 29-year-old wife Emma, born at Ipswich, one year old daughter Emily and a lodger, 18-year-old art student Frederic J Lees, his 4-year-old son Henry, was away from home. About 1868 he moved to 16 Thistle Grove East, Kensington where a daughter Florence was born and another son, Leonard, was born there in 1874 and he was still living at Thistle Grove in 1881. Henry served for 46 years as an art teacher in the architecture class at the Royal College of Art in South Kensington, London and in 1891, was a 59-year-old architect, living at ‘Edgecombe’, Keswick Road, Wandsworth with his wife, three daughters and son Leonard, daughter Mary Ellen (born 1862) was an art student. His wife died in 1897, when Henry seems to have returned to being a teacher of art. Henry Browne Hagreen, who was the grandfather of Philip Hagreen (1890-1988), the wood-engraver and a follower of Eric Gill, died at ‘Edgecombe’, Keswick Road, Wandsworth on 6 December 1912. In October 1955 his daughter Florence Hagreen left to Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich three of his works 'My Own Studio', 'Suffolk Farmhouse Kitchen' and 'Walter Hagreen'.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 124 Stanley Street, Warwick Square, Pimlico
1856 345 The Pond by the Wood: A Scene in Suffolk

Works by This Artist