JACKSON, Gerald Goddard

1878 - 1941

Gerald Goddard Jackson

Gerald Goddard Jackson was born at Duddington, Northamptonshire on 5 March 1878, youngest son of William Goddard Jackson (1835-21 January 1906), a magistrate, and his wife Selina Barbara Maria Johnson (4 December 1842-1 December 1931), third daughter of the late Lieut. General William Augustus Johnson of Wytham Hall, who married at Wytham-on-the-Hill, Lincolnshire on 26 May 1864. In 1871, Gerald was a 3-year-old, living at The Manor House, Uppingham Road, Duddington with his parents, 46-year-old William, born at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and 38-year-old now Barbara S. M., born at Wytham-on-the-Hill, and his eight siblings, William Augustus Charles 16, Harriet 11, Christopher 9, Dorothea Barbara 7, Arthur 6, Frank Edwin 5, Henry Geoffrey 4, Gerald 3 and newly born Sybil Margery, all born at Duddington and all had another Christian name of Goddard, they retained six indoor servants. He was educated at Peterborough King's School before attending University College London and in 1893 he enrolled at the Slade School of Fine Art where he studied alongside fellow students Percy Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), William Orpen (1878-1931), Mark Gertler (1891-1939), Paul Nash (1889-1946) and Christopher Richard W. Nevinson (1889-1946) many of whom would leave an important and lasting artist record of the First World War. Having received three certificates in drawing and painting, he left the Slade in 1899 to travel to Canada, USA and Mexico and spent three years in Italy. Still living with his parents at Duddington in 1901, giving no occupation but in 1911, a 32-year-old painter artist, boarding at Poultry Farm, Berwick, Eastbourne, Sussex, the home of Ebenezer Geall, a farmer. On 6 September 1911, Gerald was gazetted 2nd Lieut. in Oxford and Buckingham Light Infantry and during the Great War, and whilst a prisoner-of-war at Holzminden PoW camp for officers, at Lower Saxony, Germany in 1917, he managed to paint a portrait of another internee, Capt. W. T. Mitchell of the 15th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. The camp had opened in September 1917 and is remembered as the location of the largest PoW escape of the war when, in July 1918, 29 officers escaped through a tunnel, of whom ten evaded subsequent recapture and managed to make their way back to Britain. Gerald was a painter of portraits & landscapes and exhibited at the Royal Academy also showing at the International Society of Sculptors Painters; Walker Art Gallery; London Salon and the New English Art Club. He married at Iver Church, Buckinghamshire on 20 November 1918, Hon. Hildred Mosley (1887-1 January 1963), daughter of Tonman Mosley, 1st and last Baron Anslow (1850-1933), and his wife Lady Hilda Rose Montgomerie (1860-1928) and they went to live at Colehatch, Penn. This marriage was annulled in 1924 when Gerald came to live at Westleton, Suffolk where he was a well-known and respected portrait and landscape painter being heavily involved with Walter Francis Crittall's, Sole Bay Group in the early 1930s. In 1939, an artist living at The Hall, West Street, East Kesteven, Lincolnshire with a housekeeper. Gerald Goddard Jackson was of The Barn, Westleton, near Saxmundham, Suffolk when he died at Stamford Infirmary, Lincolnshire on 1 April 1941, aged 63.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 11 Camden House Mews, London
1907 The Gardener's Daughter
from 55a Bedford Gardens, Kensington, London
1914 R. H. Haslam, Esq.
from Westleton, Suffolk
1924 1090 Westleton Walks
1925 991 Unrelenting Nature
         1027 Ralph's Mill
1936 1192 Winter Sunset - pen

Works by This Artist