LEMAN, Robert Orgill

1799 - 1869

Robert Orgill Leman

As Robert Orgill he was born at Brampton Hall, Suffolk on 12 April 1799, being baptised at Brampton on the same day, one of the fifteen children of Revd Naunton Thomas Orgill (c1760-31 January 1837) and his wife Henrietta Jane Anderson (1761-1843), daughter of Revd Sir William Anderson, Bart. of Lea, Lincolnshire, who married at York on 29 November 1783. In 1807, on the death of his maternal cousin, Miss Mary Leman (1725-February 1807) of Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk, his father Revd Naunton Thomas Orgill succeeded to the Brampton estates of the Leman family and under the terms of her will, in 1808 they took the additional name of Leman. Robert married firstly at St Paul's Westminster on 15 March 1824, Isabella Camilla Twysden (6 June 1797-7 March 1850), daughter of Sir William Twysden, 7th Bart. and had issue. Robert studied under Norwich School painter John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) and was a talented amateur landscape painter and a member of the Norwich Society gf Artists in the 1830s and his works were exhibited alongside those of the most famous of the Norwich artists at the Norwich Society of Artists exhibitions. Leman became the friend and patron of many of the Norwich School painters, in particular Henry Ninham (1793-1874), who it is thought to have introduced him to the techniques of etching. Leman is not known to have attempted to sell his works and it is likely that they were produced only for his personal interest or for distribution amongst his immediate friends. Robert Orgill Leman married secondly at West Ashford, Kent in 1859, Ellen Maria Ross (1837-18 January 1903) and was of Wicken, Charing, Kent when he died at Brampton, Suffolk on 24 February 1869 and buried in Brampton Churchyard on 1 March 1869, aged 69, leaving a widow who died at 10 St Margaret's Terrace, St Leonard's-on-Sea in 1903 and they had issue. The British Library and Norwich Museums Service have extensive collections of his works.

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