COPSEY, Ambrose

c.1832 - 1887

Ambrose Copsey

Ambrose Copsey, was born about 1832 and baptised at Glemsford, Suffolk on 27 April 1834, son of Samuel Copsey (1802-1871), an agricultural labourer, and his wife Mary née Garwood (1803-1885). In 1851, Ambrose was a 19 year old hand-loom weaver living at Skates Hill, Glemsford with his parents and five siblings. He married at Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk in 1855, Agnes Browne (1833-1900), who was born at St Pancras, London, and they moved to the adjoining town of Long Melford, Suffolk where Ambrose was a cabinet maker. By 1861, a 29 year old photographic artist, living on the west side of Hall Street, Long Melford with his 27 year old wife Agnes and four of their six children, Ambrose Brian 5, Alonzo Brown 3, Agnes J. 1 and Archibald C. a baby, a further child Joseph Felix was born at Long Melford in 1863, and by 1866 they had moved to Sudbury when their sixth child Adonis B. was born. Ambrose was discharged from the Suffolk Militia in 1871, when a photographer & gilder at North Street, Sudbury, this was formerly known as Sepulchre Street. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1884-1886 exhibiting from Sepulchre [North] Street a total of six works, the subjects being mostly local scenes, three in 1884 'Benevolence', 'Belchamp Walter Church' and 'Expectant' and three in 1885, ‘Old Lodge, Pentlow, Essex’, 'Old George Inn' and ‘A Cottage called the Barracks at Gestingthorpe, Essex’. He died at Sudbury on 9 April and buried in Sudbury Cemetery on 13 April 1887, aged 55.