MASON, Herbert Wilberforce

1855 - 1943

Herbert Wilberforce Mason

Herbert Wilberforce Mason, was born at Ipswich on 24 October 1855, third son and fourth child of George Mason (24 June 1812-11 October 1893), timber merchant & farmer, and his first wife Eliza née Calver (1815-29 July 1876), who married at Stepney, London in 1839, his second wife, Irish born Ellen Forster Mason died in London on 4 June 1897, aged 66. Herbert was a director of the Ipswich family firm of oil & cake seed crushers, cement manufacturers and paper merchants. He married at Bonchurch, Isle of Wight on 9 September 1880, Agnes Fanny Southam (1854-1932), daughter of surgeon Francis Southam, and one of their four children was Agnes Dora Mason [q.v.]. An amateur landscape painter in oil and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1906-1915 who exhibited a total of eleven oil paintings including in 1906, from the Manor House, Sproughton, Ipswich 'The Gipping at Sproughton' and 'Blakeney Marshes', in 1908 'Cliffs at Benerville', 'A Quiet Corner at Sproughton' and another 'Gipping at Sproughton', in 1910 ‘Blakeney’ and 'Dunwich Cliffs', in 1911 'Blakeney Dunes', in 1912 'The Clover Stack' and in 1913 'Hamlet in the Dunes, Cornwall'. 1911-1939 he was living at The Manor House, Sproughton, Ipswich where he died on 18 October 1943, aged 88.