John Lewis Wimbush was born at Bishopsgate on 16th January 1854. He was a figurative and landscape painter and illustrator, who worked in London from 1890–1902 and then in Dartmouth. John’s parents were Edward, a publican, and Sarah (née Stevens) Winbush [sic]. If he was born at the home of his parents, then he was born at the pub known as the ‘Magpie and Punchbowl’. He was the second born and second son of a family of 11 (five brothers and four sisters; the details of the fourth child are unknown). He was baptised in the family church, St Ethelburga, Bishopsgate, on 12th February 1854. The name he was given at birth was John Lewis Winbush. In the 1871 census (aged 17) he was still living at 58 Bishopgate Street, London, listed as an ‘Artist student’ and as John Winbush.

Text source: Art Detective

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