Friday, 23 December 2016
Tour Scotland Photograph Arran Painting By Clarence Henry Roe
Tour Scotland photograph of an Island of Arran painting by Clarence Henry Roe who lived for many years in Scotland. Clarence was the eldest son of Robert Henry Roe and Emma Baily. He was born in Birmingham, England. The family moved to Hampstead in London within the year but then lived in Scotland during the mid to late 1850s where Robert Henry painted several Scottish scenes. By 1860 they had settled in West Yorkshire where Clarence, then aged ten, was to spend much of his life. At the age of twenty Clarence married sixteen year old Almira Sherborne, daughter of a Bristol artist, Henry Sherborne. The couple had one child, also called Almira, born in 1871. His wife presumably died some time between 1871 and 1875 when he remarried. His second wife, Rosa Adelaide Hulme, divorced him four years later. In her petition filed on 29 October 1878 she cited not only his desertion and adultery with a number of women but also of him having wilfully and recklessly infected her with venereal disease. The divorce was granted in November 1879. The following month Rosa gave birth to a daughter who lived only a few weeks. He married a third time in 1881 to Ellen Fenely Fletcher. On 11 November 1891, he had a seizure and died at 8.45pm the next day. Following a post mortem his cause of death was listed as General Paralysis of the insane. This is a condition arising from syphilis. He was buried in an unmarked grave.
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