TENCH, Ernest George

1885 - 1942

Ernest George Tench

Born at Lowestoft, Suffolk on 8 October 1885, son of George Tench, a plumber, and his wife Hannah née Cockrell, who married at Lowestoft in 1873. In 1891, a 6 year old living at West Side, Clapham Road, Lowestoft with his parents, 40 year old George (1851-1898) and 38 year old Hannah with five sibling sisters, Beatrice M. 15, Ellen M. 13, Laura E. 11, Edith H. 4 and Lilian M. 1. His father died in 1898 when young Ernest was a shop porter and his mother became a boarding house keeper at 42 Clapham Road, Lowestoft when one of the boarders was a young Frederick Meen, an architect's apprentice, who may have taught Ernest the rudiments of painting. Ernest married at Lowestoft in 1905, Annie Elizabeth Strange (5 September 1883-1948), and in 1911 a 25 year old sign writer living at 4 Suffolk Road, Lowestoft with his 26 year old wife Annie and their two daughters, Winifred 5 and Vera 3. By this time he was also a marine artist as when he completed the census form this occupation was deleted and was one of the many so called 'pier head' artists who chronicled the many vessels of the then prodigious North Sea fisheries. He usually painted in oil on board and his paintings show remarkably accurate details. In 1939 a sign writer living at Ashmere, Normanston Drive, Lowestoft with his wife Annie and daughter Evelyn Vera [Pulman] born 10 April 1907. He died at Norwich, Norfolk in 1942, aged 57 and his wife followed in 1948, aged 64. The East Anglian Maritime Museum at Great Yarmouth hold several of his works.

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