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 Edwin Thomas Johns  (1862 - 1947)

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Edwin Thomas Johns (1862-1947)

Born at Ipswich in 1862, youngest of the five children of William Johns of South Wales, a carpenter, and his wife Isabella née Wardle, of London who in 1871 were living at 26 Tacket Street, Ipswich.  Young Edwin attended the Ipswich School of Art under W T Griffiths [q.v.]  and in 1877 articled to architect James Butterworth (1831-1916) of 6 Museum Street, Ipswich and on Butterworth’s retirement completed his articles with William Eade (1841-1927) and became his assistant.  He had some time worked with Brightwen Binyon [q.v.] before rejoining Eade, trading as Eade & Johns until 1912, when Eade retired and Edwin carried on, on his own account from 8 Lower Brook Street.  In 1921 he was joined by his nephew Martin Johns Slater (1892-1900) under the name of Johns & Slater until Johns retired in 1933.

A life member of Ipswich School of Fine Art (1887-1947) and one-time secretary and president and was an accomplished watercolourist which became his main interest later in his life.  He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1910 until 1930.  He married at Reigate in 1893, Janet Eliza Prentice who died at Ipswich in 1936, aged 72 and Edwin died at Ipswich in 1947, aged 84, they had no issue.

Information provided by Tony Copsey, author and researcher of artists in Suffolk County, England.

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