WOOD, John Barlow

1862 - 1949

Born at Etruria, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire on 10 November 1862, son of John Wood (died 1906), a china warehouseman, and his wife Elizabeth née Barlow (died 1905), who retired to Woodbridge, Suffolk. He began his career as a ceramic painter for Minton before becoming a professional portrait and landscape artist. He worked in Oxford in 1894 and at Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1897 and in 1900 was an artist of Drybridge Lodge, Woodbridge, Suffolk. His father died at Woodbridge in 1906 when John Barlow moved to Ipswich and early in 1911 was a 48 year old artist staying at the Blue Anchor Inn, Brook Street, Connington, Somerset but later that year he married at Ipswich, Constance Emily Fry (1876-1930), sister of Edward Ransome Fry [q.v.] and Robert Douglas Fry [q.v.], and they moved to Kendal where he was a member of the Lake Artists Society 1914-1931 but on the death of his wife he returned to Ipswich. In 1939 a retired artist and widower living at The Surgery, Weobley, Herefordshire. He exhibited 'Early Spring' at the Royal Academy also exhibiting at the Royal Society of Artists, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and the Society of British Artists 1894-1911, from Oxford in 1894, Woodbridge 1897 and Ipswich in 1905. A member of Ipswich Art Club from 1895 until 1927 and at their centenary exhibition in 1974 his watercolour 'River Scene with Barge' was on show. It seems probably that JBW suffered from bipolar affective disorder, a mental illness, and he died whilst a patient at The Retreat, a Quaker psychiatric hospital at York in 1949, aged 86 and buried at Kendal, his wife died at Hailsham, Sussex in 1958, aged 89.

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