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Ed­ward Ladell was born on April 12, 1821 in Has­ke­ton, Suf­folk to Christ­mas and Mary Ladell. In 1848 Ladell mar­ried Ju­lianna Roone and moved to a new home in East hill, Colch­ester where he worked as an en­graver. He also taught him­self how to paint and in­cred­i­bly went on to be­come one of Eng­land’s finest still life pain­ters.

A typ­i­cal Ladell paint­ing con­sists of a wine glass with reflections, a bird’s nest or a but­ter­fly, translu­cent white cur­rants or tum­bling red grapes ar­ranged on a mar­ble topped carved wooden ta­ble with a draped pat­terned fab­ric, de­picted with an as­tound­ing de­gree of de­tail and re­al­ism. Ladell ex­hib­ited at the Royal Academy be­tween 1856 and 1886 and at the Bri­tish In­sti­tu­tion and Suf­folk Street Gal­leries. In 1878 he got mar­ried for the sec­ond time to Ellen Maria Levette and even­tu­ally set­tled in Ex­eter city where he died on Novem­ber 9 1886. His works can be found in nu­mer­ous Mu­se­ums Na­tion­ally. Th­ese in­clude The Royal Al­bert Memo­rial Mu­seum, Colch­ester and Es­sex Mu­seum and also in im­por­tant pri­vate col­lec­tions World­wide.

Melford’s Fa­mous Old House Gallery, Hall Street, Long Melford, Suf­folk. CO10 9JR. Tel: 07572 903363 or 07875 153268 | www.fa­mous­gal­

Mixed fruit with taxi­dermy of ex­otic birds’

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