REYNOLDS, Jane Rebecca

1841 - 1926

Jane Rebecca Reynolds was born at Great Fransham, Norfolk and baptised on 30 October 1841, second daughter of Revd Charles Reynolds (1799-4 December 1852), rector of Great Fransham, and his wife Mary Swatman (born 20 January 1812), eldest daughter of Revd Edward Swatman, rector of Little Fransham, who married at Lyng, Norfolk on 22 April 1837. In 1851, Jane was a 9-year-old, living at The Rectory, Great Fransham with her parents, 51-year-old Charles and 39-year-old Mary, with five siblings, Mary 13, Francis William 8, Henrietta Charlotte 6, Caroline Elizabeth 3 and Margaret 1. Her father died in 1852 and in 1861, Jane was a 19-year-old 'independent', living at Portland Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk with her widowed mother and four of her sibling sisters. By 1871 they had moved to 6 Kensington Gate, Kensington, London where Jane may have had some art training, but by 1881 she was back at Kings Lynn, Jane a 40-year-old 'amateur artist', living at Nelson Street, the home of her cousin, 60-year-old Francis Swatman, harbour master, and his wife and daughter. Jane exhibited from 1 Royal Terrace, Lowestoft at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1881, a watercolour ‘Gladioli from Nature’ and exhibited in later years from Lowestoft. In 1891, a 49-year-old 'living on own means', at Gordon Road, Lowestoft, with two boarders, wealthy widow Sarah Rackham and her daughter Sarah, and they retained two indoor servants. By 1901 they had moved to 2 Rectory Road, Kirkley, Lowestoft and in 1911 she was on holiday at 31 Grove Road, Bournemouth. In 1921 a visitor at St Marys, Ballygate, Beccles which was a boarding house kept by Laura Bateman. Jane Rebecca Reynolds died at 20 Wellington Esplanade, Kirkley, Lowestoft on 28 December 1926, aged 84, she was unmarried.