SKEET, John Oliver

1839 - 1913

Born at Ipswich in 1839, son of John Skeet, a shipwright, and his wife Amelia née Wedger, who married at St Clement's church, Ipswich on 20 February 1827. Originally a ship's carpenter, he married at Ipswich in 1860, (Sarah) Elizabeth Turner and the following year was living with his father-in-law Samuel Turner, the turnkey at the local gaol. In 1871, a 31 year old painter living at 15 Curve Street, Ipswich with his 30 year old wife and three children but by 1881 had moved as a 'painter(artist)' to Freehold Terrace, 15 Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich now with five children. He exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club from 15 Freehold Terrace in 1882 'The Storm', in 1883 'Beachy Head, Eastbourne', 'On the Beach, Evening', 'After the Sailing Match', 'On the Orwell by Moonlight' and 'Off Scarborough' and in 1884 'Going up Gainsborough Lane'. In 1891 described as 'landscape artist' boarding at 63 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich with his son Albert, a house painter and ten years later had reverted to his original trade of carpenter still boarding at 63 Woodbridge Road, but with his wife now Elizabeth. His wife died in 1907, aged 66 and Skeet then went to live at a boarding house at 12 Silent Street, Ipswich where he died in 1913, aged 73.