Ralph Abbott

Regular price £395.00

A 19th century oil on canvas depicting Ralph Abbott (1830 - 1906), a Victorian weaver, labourer and painter from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Ralph was the son of Edward and Elizabeth, from East Coker in Somerset. Both were weavers by trade and were probably involved in creating ‘Coker Canvass’, which was regarded to be the finest sailcloth in England. By the age of 21, Ralph had also become a weaver and, as you can imagine, the local factory would’ve been a large employer in the village.

Twenty years on and the 1871 census records Ralph as living with his wife, Ann, and their eight year old daughter, Elizabeth at 49 Waterloo Street, Cheltenham. It appears that the couple stayed at this address until Ralph’s death in 1906.

Over the course of his life, Ralph had been employed as a ’labourer’, ‘gasworks labourer’ and ‘painter’. Clearly a hard-working gentleman who grafted throughout the years.

Medium Oil on canvas
Size including frame 27½” x 23½” / 70cm x 60cm
Year of creation c. 1885
Condition The canvas is in good condition with no tears, repairs or holes. The frame has a few losses but is nice enough to hang.

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