JAMES, Revd Henry Lionel

1857 - 1944

Henry Lionel James, was born at Deptford, Greenwich, Kent on 20 March 1857, son of Revd Thomas James and his wife Sarah Spedding née Smith, [James q.v.], who married at Lewisham, London in 1853. In 1871, a 13 year old, living at 6 Guyscliffe, Bradford, Yorkshire with his parents, 45 year old Thomas, born Canterbury, Kent and 42 year old Sarah, born Islington, London, and his 16 year old sibling brother Gilbert. Henry took holy orders and in 1881, a 23 year old curate at St Clement’s church, Ipswich, living at at 37 Fonnereau Road, Ipswich, the home of the rector Robert Browne (1835-1900). A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1885-1890, watercolour and landscape painter, exhibiting from 44 Christchurch Street, Ipswich in 1884, six watercolours 'Felixstowe on the Ipswich Road, Winter', 'On the Blyth, Walberswick', 'Bawdsey Ferry', 'The Old Cable, Dunwich', 'The Ferry, Walberswick' and 'Shrimp Cottages, Southwold' and from the same address in 1885, six watercolours 'The Bridge, Walberswick', 'The Golf Tower, Bawdsey Ferry', 'The Quay, Walberswick', 'Walberswick Deserted', 'Eastern Broad, Suffolk' and 'Interior of Walton Church'. In 1885 he took the living of Walberswick, Suffolk and was compiling a topographical record of the village in watercolour paintings, but in 1887 took the living of St Cuthbert’s, Everton, Liverpool. In 1891, the 33 year old vicar of St Cuthbert’s, living at 66 Anfield Road, Walton-on-the-Hill with his 59 year old widowed mother Sarah, and whilst at Everton continued to exhibit at Ipswich Fine Art Club, exhibiting a total of 33 works between 1884-1889, from Ipswich, Walberwick and from Everton, Liverpool. He married at Walton-on-the-Hill, Liverpool in 1895, 20 year old Sarah Ellen Loheide and in 1901, a 43 year old clerk in holy orders, living at 58 Clovelly Gardens, St Pancras, London with his 25 year old wife Sarah, born Walton-on-the-Hill. In 1911, they were living at ‘Croxteth’ Queen’s Road, South Benfleet, Essex and in 1931 he took charge at Fersfield, Bacton, Norfolk where he died on 9 December 1944, aged 87. Much of his work in watercolours is in the possession of Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service

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