Sub-fonds ETN 4 - Papers created and collected by George Clayton Eaton

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Papers created and collected by George Clayton Eaton


  • 1811-1968 (Creation)

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27 volumes, 49 gatherings, 11 files, 17 bundles, 5 packets, 481 papers, 106 pencil drawings, 81 watercolours, 18 ink drawings, 17 oil paintings, 2 pastels, 1 parchment, 7 wood blocks, 1 metal plate, 1 plant specimen, 18 photographs, 1 tin box

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George Clayton Eaton, born on 20 November 1834 and baptised in the parish of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, later gentleman of Chapelfield, Norwich, and of Eaton. Educated at Norwich Grammar School from 1846-1851, then attended the School of Design, Norwich, under John Heaviside until 1854, he then became a pupil of Heaviside Private School of Art on Elm Hill. From March-July 1857, he attended Carey's Art School of Bloomsbury, London, to prepare for the Royal Academy. He was elected as a probationer and then as a student of the Royal Academy, being admitted on 9 January 1858. At The Royal Academy, he was a pupil of Alfred Stevens, sculptor and painter (1818-1875). He exhibited a painting of Plumstead Marshes at the Royal Academy in 1867 and exhibited again in 1868 with his painting entitled, 'Confluence of Bure and Yare'. He was a member of the Norfolk and Norwich Museum Committee and served as Honorary Secretary. He was elected as a Trustee appointed to carry out the scheme to convert Norwich Castle into a museum and wrote the first guide to the picture gallery, as well as writing a guide entitled, 'Descriptive Key To The View From The Battlements of the Castle', (see ETN 4/1/5). He was a member of the Castle Museum Committee until his death in 1900. He regularly contributed under his pseudonym 'Friend Fritz', to the annual pocket diary entitled 'Pawseys Ladies Repository', (Mansfield & Peacock, London, and Pawsey, Ipswich). He was President of Norwich Public Library and on amalgamation with the Literary Institute into the Norfolk and Norwich Library, continued to serve on the committee and was Vice-President at the time of his death. He was a member of the Committee of the Norfolk and Norwich Eye Infirmary and the Norwich Blind Asylum, being Honorary Treasurer of the latter until his death. George Clayton Eaton was also Treasurer of the East Anglian Art Union and a member of the Committee of the East Anglian Art Society from 1876-1895, as well as a member of the Committee of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists Society. He was a freeman of the city of Norwich, being admitted on 10 December 1855. He pursued many interests, mainly relating to art and literature, and travelled extensively around the United Kingdom and Europe from 1848-1897. He is buried in the parish of Eaton St Andrew.
Third son of Thomas Damant Eaton (1800-1871) and his wife Lydia, née Ray (1795-1868). Married Mary Ray (1843-1931) on 17 September 1873, and had two children, Frederic Ray Eaton (1874-1962) and Florence Mary Eaton (1878-1961).

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Includes, inter alia, papers concerning Norfolk and Norwich Museum Committee and Norwich Castle Museum, personal correspondence, travel journals and notebooks, sketch books, works of art, herbarium, and press cuttings books. Also includes some related papers added after the death of George Clayton Eaton, possibly by Frederic Eaton and Tom Eaton.

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Created 22/02/2012 by drobf. Modified 06/11/2018 by Drobf.


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