1845 - 1916

Robert Fulcher was born at Melton, near Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1845, son of William Fulcher, a sawyer, and his wife Eliza née Randall, who married at St Peter's Church, Ipswich on 26 August 1826 and in 1841 they were living at Newbourne, Ipswich with five children, William 11, Emma 8, Eliza 5, John 3 and newly born Charlotte. In 1851, Robert was a 5-year-old scholar, living at Melton with his parents, 47-year-old William and 45-year-old Eliza, with three of his siblings, Eliza, John and Charlotte, all born in Suffolk. Robert married at Woolwich, London in 1874, Charlotte Jane Lockyer and in 1881, was a 'teacher of practical engineering' living at 8 Warkworth Street, Cambridge with his 30-year-old wife Charlotte and their three children, Samuel Robert 5, born Woolwich, William James 2 and Mabel Jane 1, both born at Cambridge. His wife Charlotte died at Chorlton-upon-Wedlock in 1886 and he married secondly at Chorlton in 1889, Margaret Jane Duff. In 1891, a 45-year-old 'electrical instrument maker', living at Dryden Street, Chorlton-upon-Wedlock, Lancashire with his 44-year-old wife Margaret, born Islington, London with the addition of a son Albert George 6, born in York, who later became an engraver. In 1901, Robert described himself as 'painter artist', and was living at 10 Staniforth Lane, Sheffield with his wife Margaret and two of his children William and Albert. In 1911, Robert Fulcher was noted as a 'former Scientific Instrument Maker', an inmate at Heeley Bank Road, Sheffield (a workhouse) and he died at Sheffield in 1916. Sheffield Art Gallery holds one of his pictures.