GILBERT, Wilkinson John

1805 - c.1862

Wilkinson John Gilbert, was born at Wrentham, Suffolk on 14 May 1805, and baptised the following day, son of George Gilbert and his wife Betsy née Johnson. He married at Halesworth, Suffolk in 1840, 21 year old Harriet Symonds and in 1846 they lived at Pound Street, Halesworth. In 1851, Gilbert was a 46 year old animal, portrait and landscape artist, living at Pound Street, Halesworth with his 31 year old wife Harriet, 10 year old daughter Ada Jane and 2 year old son Edwin Charles. Painter of many equestrian and sporting scenes, his pictures were decorative and he paid great attention to detail. He appears to have exhibited publicly only once, at the Portland Gallery in 1851, and a pair of paintings ‘Shooting’ and ‘Hare Coursing’ signed and dated 1856, were auctioned at Sotheby’s Chester in 1981. By 1853 Gilbert had moved to Chediston Street, Halesworth but in 1861, an ‘artist’, boarding at the home of publican & butcher William Woods in Chediston Street, his wife Harriet, was a 40 year old nurse at the nearby Bulcamp Union House. On 1 July 1861 he was committed at Beccles 'for want of a surety on a charge of drunkedness' but was discharged by proclamation at Ipswich on 5 July 1861. He then probably moved to Penzance, Cornwall where he died in 1862. In 1871, Harriet was a widow and ‘midwife’ living at 195 Beresford Street, Stoke Newington with two of her children Ada and Claude, both unemployed and born at Halesworth. In 1891, Harriet was living in Putney with her unmarried daughter Ada and died in 1901.

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