HART, John Brook

1830 - 1916

John Brook Hart was baptised at St Mary’s church, Woodbridge, Suffolk on 13 November 1830, son of Daniel Hart (1802-13 November 1873), a corn, coal & seed merchant, and his wife Eliza née Brook (1800-1855), who married in 1829. John married at Great Bealings, near Woodbridge on 29 September 1859, Anna Marie Smith (1839-23 December 1927), daughter of John Smith, an agriculturalist of Great Bealings, and in April 1861 they were living at Quay Lane, Woodbridge with a two-month-old daughter Mabel. By 1871 they had moved to The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge with the addition of three more children, Hilda 5, Hubert Willingham and Francis John Brook 1, all born at Woodbridge. A partner in the firm of Wrinch & Hart, maltsters and corn, seed and coal merchants at Lime Kiln and Ferry Quays at Woodbridge, an enterprise he took over on the death of partner Henry Wrinch in 1885. J. B. Hart was a pupil of George James Rowe and a founder member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1875-1890 and in 1881 exhibited from Woodbridge an oil, ‘Plimsoled’, in 1883 four works, three oils 'By the Ford', 'Autumn' and 'Beyond the Mill' and a drawing 'On the Deben and in 1885 an oil, 'The Old Shipyard, Woodbridge' and continued to exhibit until 1890. He also exhibited five of his works at the Woodbridge Fine Art Exhibition at the New Street Assembly Rooms in 1880, 'By the Ferry', 'Sunset', 'Moonrise', 'Winter' and 'The Abandoned' and in 1887 exhibited six oil paintings 'Old Cottage at Worlingworth', 'Autumn on the Deben', 'Departing Day', 'The Glade Cottage', 'The Keeper's Cot' and 'The Old Shipyard, Woodbridge' and in 1889 when held at the Assembly Room at the Bull Hotel, Woodbridge several oil paintings. In 1881, a 50-year-old substantial corn merchant & maltster, employing 28 people, living at Deben Bank, Thoroughfare, Woodbridge with his 41-year-old wife Anna Marie, and their five children, all born at Woodbridge. John Brook Hart died at Deben Bank, Woodbridge on 4 January 1916, aged 85.

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