1792 - 1875

Robert Mendham - self-portrait

Robert Mendham, was born at Church Street, Eye, Suffolk on 22 August 1792, son of a family of six brothers, and of a sister who died young, of James Mendham, coachbuilder, and his wife Mary née Harrison, who married at Walsham le Willows, Suffolk on 23 April 1778. Apprenticed to the family coach building business at Eye which he completed in 1814, and in 1819 went to London and studied at the Royal Academy Schools, living at Parliament Square, Westminster. He exhibited regularly at the Norwich Society of Painters from 1823 when he showed three pictures including 'A Study of Rembrandt' until at least 1833 when he exhibited four portraits. On the death of his elder brother Henry in 1827, he inherited the family business at Eye and carried on the coach building business for some years but also retained his business as an artist. He married in 1830, Anne Cater (1807-1882) of Walsham le Willows, and they had eight children. He painted animals, portraits and still life, one of his best portraits is that of Bernard Barton (1784-1849), the Quaker poet of Woodbridge. Artist at Church Street, Eye 1846-1869 and exhibited two portraits at the Royal Academy and four works at the British Institution including ‘The Affectionate Dog’ and ‘The Miser’, between 1821 and 1858 from London or Eye, he also exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association exhibition held at the New Lecture Hall of the Mechanics' Institute in Ipswich in August 1850, several oil paintings including two entitled 'Portrait of a Lady' and 'A Portrait of the Rev Mr Hepworth'. He died at Eye on 14 March 1875, aged 82, and buried in Eye cemetery being survived by his wife Anne.

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