OLIVER, Herbert Benjamin

1887 - 1978

Herbert Benjamin Oliver was born at Ipswich on 14 March 1887, son of Benjamin Oliver and his wife Alice Maud née Hupton (27 September 1862-1953), who married at Ipswich in 1885. In 1891, Herbert was a 4-year-old, living at 149 Cemetery Road, Ipswich with his parents, 30-year-old Benjamin, a commercial clerk & portrait painter, and 28-year-old Alice Maud, and Benjamin's sister-in-law, 35-year-old Caroline Hupton, a tailoress. In 1901, listed as living at Cemetery Road, Ipswich but when winning a Dean's Painting Competition in the same year his address was given at 29 Samuel Road, Ipswich. In 1904 he won a free studentship to the Ipswich School of Art and in 1911, a 24-year-old lithographic designer, boarding at 37 St Johns Grove, Leeds, the home of 49-year-old boarding house keeper Elizabeth Bilbrough. He married at West Ham, Essex early in 1921, Ellen Morris (25 November 1885-1977) and they moved to 2 Buller Road, Gertrude Road, Norwich where Herbert was working for Fletcher & Son, the Norwich printers. Herbert exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club from Heath View, Gertrude Road, Norwich in 1932, one painting 'Hope, Youth', one in 1933 'Age and Peace' and in 1935 from 7 Branksome Road, Norwich an oil 'Wall Flowers' and a print 'Childhood Wonderland' and in 1937 two oils 'Colchester Town Hall' and 'Rain Storm'. In 1939, they were living at 7 Branksome Road, Norwich when Herbert was a 'commercial artist'. Herbert Benjamin Oliver died at 7 Branksome Road, Eaton, Norwich on 10 February 1978.