ROE, Fred

1864 - 1947

Fred Roe

As Alfred Frederic Roe, he was born at 14 King's Road, Cambridge on 8 May 1864, youngest son of Robert Roe (c1792-31 July 1880), a print-seller, and his wife (Eliza) Maria Plees (18 May 1828-17 December 1901), daughter of Revd William George Plees, vicar of Ashbocking, Suffolk, who married at St Matthew's Church, Ipswich on 1 September 1859, when Robert with his wife returned to live at Cambridge, Maria's sister Jeanetta married Owen Roe [q.v.]. The family were living at Cambridge where his father Robert died on 31 July 1880, aged 88. Fred, as he was known, studied under John Seymour Lucas [q.v.] and in 1881, a 16 year old artist student, living with his 51 year old widowed mother Maria, a print-seller & gilder, at 14 King's Parade, Cambridge also with Fred were his two artist brothers, 20 year old Robert Gordon and 19 year old Charles Edward [q.v.], who were also born at Cambridge. Fred married at Putney, London in 1890, Letitia Mabel Lee (15 August 1869-11 December 1940). In 1891, an artist in oils, living at 21 Victoria Grove, Chelsea and seems to have come to Ipswich shortly afterwards, where his widowed mother was living at 'Morecambe' 55 Henley Road, Ipswich with his brother Charles, by now a theological student, his other brother Robert had also left the art scene and was a minister at St Mary's church, Badwell Ash, Suffolk. Fred had returned to London by 1901, living at 104 Priory Road, Hampstead and between 1900 and 1945, assembled two albums of ‘Character Sketches’ containing portraits of Roe’s friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Many of these are drawn in pencil on menu cards and table plans and other ephemera. A genre and historical painter and watercolourist and exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition from 1887, and continued to show there until a few years before his death. He also showed at other principle London and provincial centres, as well as at the Paris Salon; the Rome International (1911); Toronto and other overseas galleries. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1890-1891 and exhibited from 18 Bolton Studio, Redcliffe Road, London SW in 1890/1 'Mabel, the daughter of Sydney Lee, Esq.' and in 1890 from 21 Victoria Grove, Brompton, London 'Forty Winks' and 'The Old Sun Inn, St Stephen's Ipswich'. In 1923 he exhibited 'Dedication of the War Memorial Window, St Mildred's Church City' and a pen & colour drawing 'Leaving the Mill, East Anglia' and in 1932 from 18 Stanford Road, Kensington Court, London, an oil 'Gossip Lane' and at the Ipswich Art Club's centenary exhibition in 1974 his oil 'The 4th Suffolk's at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle' was on display. In 1939, Roe was living at 24 Addison Road, Kensington, London with his wife, who died the following year, and son Frederick Gordon Roe, author & journalist. Fred died at Kingston Lodge, 24 Addison Road, Kensington on 16 August 1947. His portrait was painted by his brother Charles Edward Roe [q.v.] in 1879 and is at Buckinghamshire County Museum. He signed his works 'Fred Roe'. (Fred Roe, R.I 1864-1947: Historical and Genre Painter)

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