Featured Acquisition February 2018

Painters and Paintings

Sudbury is well known as the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough and home to the National Monument for this great artist. The town has also inspired many other painters over the decades, and many of these artists have left a lasting inheritance of artwork. The Sudbury Ephemera Archive is fortunate to have been allowed to photograph of some of the Paul Earee’s paintings.

Paul Earee (1888-1968) was the son of a mat maker, his parents being Alfred and Hannah Eary. By 1911 he was to be found working as an architect’s assistant and he duly qualified as an architect, forging a highly successful career, particularly noted for his ecclesiastical and domestic architecture both around Sudbury and further afield.

His chosen career complimented a lifelong love of art. An early foray into painting saw Paul moving to a London garret and subsisting on porridge in an ultimately failed bid to become a professional artist. Unperturbed he painted for pleasure throughout his architectural career with ever-increasing acclaim – he also became a significant influence both within his artistic circle and as Art master of Sudbury Grammar school during the interwar years. His artistic output was broad, including very fine pen, pencil and etching studies.

Previous Featured Acquisitions

The Importance of Photographic Evidence (Featured Acquisition January 2018)
Timetables and Public Transport (Featured Acquisition November 2017)
Thornton’s Estate Agency Property Details (Featured Acquisition October 2017)
Local Adverts (Featured Acquisition August 2017)
The Sudbury Parish Recorder (Featured Acquisition July 2017)
The Sudbury Borough Surveyor (Featured Acquisition June 2017)
Elections (Featured Acquisition May 2017)
Trinity Congregational Chapel – Spite Chapel (Featured Acquisition March 2017)
Property Deeds (Featured Acquisition February 2017)
Town Events (Featured Acquisition January 2017
Clubs and Societies (Featured Acquisition December 2016)
Sudbury Grammar School (Featured Acquisition November 2016)
Retail (Featured Acquisition October 2016)
Fire! fire! (Featured Acquisition September 2016)
Carnivals, Regattas and Fetes (Featured Acquisition August 2016)
Autograph books from the Bell Vue Red Cross Hospital Sudbury (Featured Acquisition July 2016)
What can we find out from a receipt? (Featured Acquisition June 2016)
The indenture of Henry Brackett, 6th July 1844 (Featured Acquisition May 2016)
Nuisance Books or Inspectors’ Journals (Featured Acquisition April 2016)

For more details of all the items we hold, see our Ephemera Catalogue.

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