Important local Victorians
|Joseph Murray Ince (1806-1859)|
Murray Ince was a successful artist,
best known for his watercolour landscapes.
He was born in London in April 1806 but moved with his parents to the Presteigne area in early childhood, and is believed to have attended John Beddoes Free Grammar School when it was still on its original site opposite the church.
After receiving some private tution in Hereford he moved to London for further training in 1826.
returned to Presteigne in 1830 and became a successful landscape
painter. He also needed premises in London as he needed to be
near the galleries and wealthy people
who could buy his work.
He painted landscapes and country houses, and produced a series of pictures on the colleges of Cambridge University.
The picture (right) is one he painted of Brecon in 1850. The peak of Pen-y-fan can be seen in the background.
Presteigne home was the house called Roseland (right)
in Broad Street, which today
carries a blue plaque in his honour. It
must have had sad memories for him in later life. He married in 1834 but
his wife Sarah died shortly after childbirth in the following year. This
was common in Victorian times.