ENNION, Eric Arnold Roberts

1900 - 1981

Eric Arnold Roberts Ennion, was born at Kettering, Northamptonshire on 7 June 1900, eldest child of Dr Octavius Roberts Ennion (1873-1928), a medical practitioner in Burwell, Newmarket, and his wife Ellen Maud née Goddard, who was born in Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk and they married at Mitford, Norfolk in 1900. Educated at Epsom College and Caius College, Cambridge and medical training at St Mary's Hospital, London and worked in his father's practice as a general practitioner at Burwell on the fen borders of Cambridge, where he had spent his childhood. He married at Paddington, London in 1925, Evelyn Dorothy Dolley Parke (4 June 1895-1978). Also a painter in watercolours of birds who hand a solo exhibition at the Greatorex Gallery in London in April 1937 'Gamebirds, Ducks and Various' consisting of some 41 watercolours including birds of the Fenlands, Scotland and Iceland. In 1939, a medical practitioner, living at Harlech House, High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk with his wife Evelyn, they had three children, two daughters and a son. A career change in 1945, saw him become warden at the Field Studies Council's Flatford Mill Field Centre, Suffolk and from 1950, founder and director of the Monks' House Bird Observatory at Seahouses, Northumberland, which he wrote about in 'The House on the Shore'. An artist specialising in birds and other natural history subjects, author and illustrator of ten books, and a radio presenter and was mentor to Mary Newcomb [q.v.]. Ennion was a founder member and Honorary Vice President of the Society of Wildlife Artists. He died at The Bothy, Sahlbourne, Marlborough, Wiltshire on 28 February 1981.

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