EYRE, John

1847 - 1927

John Eyre, was born at St Pancras, London on 1 December 1847 and baptised at St Thomas, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire on 11 September 1850, twin son with George, of George Eyre, a decorative artist in the Potteries, and his wife Betsey or Betsy née Stone, who married at Stoke Newington, London in 1847. In 1851, a 3 year old living at Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, with his parents, 33 year old George, pottery designer, and 27 year old Betsey, with siblings George 3, born St Pancras, and twins Edwin and Eliza Sarah 1, both born in Penkhull with all four baptised together. John studied at the Royal College of Art, South Kensington, and devoted himself chiefly to the design and decoration of pottery, first for the firm of Minton, and later as art director to Doulton of Lambeth. He married at Kensington, London in 1874, Susanna Vargas and in 1891, a 43 year old fine art painter, living at Bridge Road, West Battersea, London with his 42 year old wife Susanna, and their three children Amy Louisa 12, John Vargas 10 and Dora Elizabeth 8. Genre painter and book illustrator, who turned to painting and in 1877 he exhibited his first picture at the Royal Academy, subsequently becoming a frequent exhibitor at Burlington House and was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and in 1917 elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and in his later years an Honorary Associate of the Royal College of Art. George exhibited at the Royal Academy; Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the Paris Salon, he also exhibited at the Ipswich Art Society in 1923, a watercolour 'Sheep Shearing'. He lived at Cranleigh in Surrey and where he died on 13 September 1927. His daughter Amy was also an artist painter and designed jewellery.

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