TAYLOR, Emma

1819 - 1877

As Emma Smyth[e], she was born at Berners Street, Ipswich and baptised at St Nicholas Street Church, Ipswich on 30 May 1819, daughter of James Smyth (1780-1863) and his wife Sarah Harriet née Skitter; James was an accountant with the bank Bacon, Cobbold, Durningham & Cobbold in Tavern Street, Ipswich who added a final 'e' to his surname. Sister to Edward Robert Smythe [q.v.] and Thomas Smythe [q.v.], she married at Ipswich in 1853, Robinson Taylor (1806-1864), editor of the 'Ipswich Journal' and in 1861 they, and their two young children, Emma Kate 4 and John Reginald 1, both Ipswich born, were living at 196 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Her husband died at Ipswich on 4 January 1864 when Emma continued to teach drawing and painting. Emma was a painter in water-colour and exhibited at the Society of Painters in 1865 and in 1871 was still living at 196 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich when described as 'artist water colour painting'. She died at Ipswich in 1877, aged 56[sic].