REES, Thomas Lewis

1874 - 1920

Born at Stamford, Lincolnshire in 1874, son of Thomas George Rees (1834-1877) and his wife Emma née Mulholland, who married at Stamford in 1871. His father died when he was only three and his mother then took a boarding house at 41 Marine Parade, Brighton where the family were living in 1881. He married at Ipswich in 1900, Elizabeth Helen Sayers and the following year, an architectural draughtsman, living at 117 Belle View Road, Ipswich and in 1911 living at 278 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich with his 37 year old wife Elizabeth and two unmarried Sayer sister-in-laws Eleanor Mary 32 and Emma Susannah 27. A landscape painter and illustrator and a member of Ipswich Art Club 1910-1916 and exhibited from 278 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich in 1910 twelve watercolours 'Sunset Study', 'Rushmere Heath', 'The Wind on the Heath', 'The Fallen Tree', 'The Old Quay, Woodbridge', 'Flatford Lock', 'Key Street, Ipswich', 'Barges in Dock', 'A Slope by the Orwell', 'A Bridge on the Gipping', 'The Dock, Ipswich and another and a regular exhibitor showing around thirty works including 'Ripe for Harvest' (1911), his last exhibits were in 1915 with four watercolours 'Scouting', 'A Suffolk Farmyard', 'The Danes Grave' and 'Near Martlesham'. He died in the Blything district of Suffolk in 1920, aged 45 and his wife died at Ipswich in 1945, aged 72.