DENNY, Alexander

1841 - 1925

Alexander Denny was born at Berners Street, Ipswich in 1841, third child of Samuel Denny (c1803-February 1847) and his wife Eliza Bright (1801-13 June 1862), youngest daughter of Jerome Bright of Saxmundham, Suffolk who married at Saxmundham on 19 December 1829, Eliza was sister to Henry Bright. His father died at Ipswich in 1847, and in 1851, Alexander was a 9-year-old, still living at Berners Street, Ipswich with his 49-year-old mother, now a widow, born at Saxmundham and his three siblings, Eliza Bright 11, born Sweffling, Suffolk, Augustus William 11 and Henry 8, both born at Ipswich. Alexander was educated as a Queen's scholar at Ipswich School in 1855 and in 1861, a linen draper’s apprentice working in a store in Leicester Square, London. He married at Crown Street Chapel, Ipswich on 22 May 1867, Emma Hicklenton (13 May 1833-15 December 1909), second daughter of William Hicklenton of Norwich and in 1871, Alexander was a 29-year-old wholesale draper, living at London Street, Norwich with his 29[sic]-year-old wife Emma, the home of his father-in-law, 74-year-old William Hicklenton, a solicitor. By 1881, all three had moved to 7 Claremont Terrace, Grove Street, Heigham, Norwich, when Alexander was a woollen draper, with an addition of a 9-year-old daughter, Edith Emma. In 1891, a wholesale clothier, living at 31 Clarendon Road, Norwich with his wife and daughter and by 1901, had retired and living at the same address. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1900-1903 and exhibited a total of twenty-two works, working in pastel his titles included ‘Early Morning’, ‘Sunrise’, ‘Golden Evening’ and ‘Moonlight’. Alexander was also a member of the Woodpecker Sketch Club, later named the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle, from 1900 from Norwich when he exhibited two lake scenes (119-120). His wife died at Norwich in 1909, aged 76 and Alexander was still at Clarendon Road, Norwich in 1911, with his only daughter Edith Emma. Alexander Denny died at 31 Clarendon Road, Norwich on 9 April 1925 aged 83.