LADBROOKE, John Berney

1803 - 1879

John Berney Ladbrooke, was born at Norwich on 31 October and baptised at St John Timberhill, Norwich on 6 November 1803, son of the English painter and printmaker Robert Ladbrooke (1768-1842) and his first wife Mary née Berney (1766-1807), who married at Norwich on 3 October 1793. Apprenticed to John Crome (1768-1821) and became a significant member of the Norwich School of Artists. Ladbrooke was a successful teacher, numbering John Middleton [q.v.] among his pupils. His oils display a High Victorian attention to detail and rather bombastic lighting effects and is well known for his views of the English landscape. He exhibited at the Royal Academy 1821-1822, and at the British Institution and the Suffolk Street Gallery until 1873, he also exhibited six works at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association [q.v.] at Ipswich in 1850 'View in Windsor Forest', 'View near Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire', 'View at Dalham, Norfolk', 'Autumn - Acorn Gardeners', 'A Scene near Cromer, Norfolk' and 'Beach Scene - Shrimp Girl'. John Berney Ladbrooke is represented in Norwich Castle Museum, Norfolk; Bolton Museum, Lancashire and many others. He married in 1825 Hannah Mary Swan (1797-1867) and died at his home at Thorpe, Norwich on 11 July 1879, leaving an estate of around 4,000.

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