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One of a family of London engravers, of whom the father was Robert Cabbell Roffe (1780–1839) and the other four sons Alfred Thomas (1803–1871), William Callis (1817–1902), Albert Henry (1819–1891) and Edwin (1825–1891); a previous Edwin was an infant death and there were also five daughters. Their mother was Elizabeth Hazley (1781–1849, m. 1802, St Pancras). Felix was credited with some engravings, but he described himself in census returns, from 1851 on, as an ‘artist [and] painter in watercolours’. He was born at 59 Ossulston Street, Somers Town, London, and baptised on 27th March 1814 at old St Pancras church. The family had moved to no. 48 by 1825 and Alfred and Edwin were still there at the 1871 census (when it had been renumbered 135 Ossulston Street).

Text source: Art Detective


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