Colkett: Queens' College Grove
Colkett: Queens’ College Grove

Samuel David Colkett (1806-63) was a landscape artist, associated with the Norwich School of painters.  Samuel was the son of William Samuel Colkett and Susannah Sharp. He was born in Norwich, and baptised there on 2 March 1806. In his early life he lived in Norwich, then in 1828 he moved to London. He married Hamutal Brock on 9 August 1830 in the Old Church, St Pancras, London. In 1836 he moved back to Norwich, then in 1843 to Yarmouth. By 1851 the couple was living at 19 Regent Street, Cambridge, with three daughters (Georgiana, Emily and Victoria) and one son (Charles). By 1861, the family was living at 53 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, where he was still living at the time of his death, aged 55, in 1863.

Colkett: Landscape
Colkett: Landscape

He was an artist, primarily of landscapes, working throughout East Anglia. He was a pupil of James Stark, and was associated with the Norwich School of painting, whose leaders were John Crome and John Sell Cotman. Colkett exhibited in London at the Royal Academy and the British Institution in the early 19th century. Paintings of his can be seen today in the Norwich and Nottingham galleries and many of his paintings are to be found in the London sale houses, where they are regarded as highly collectable.

Colkett’s daughter, Victoria Susanna (1840-??) was a painter, mostly of architectural views and landscapes, and engraver. She exhibited in London at the Royal Academy from 1870 onwards. Among her paintings are three views of Trinity College Great Court.

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Colkett grave
Colkett headstone



Lat Lon : 52.202934, 0.13782353 – click here for location

Parish : St Botolph

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St Botolph: burial records
Census reports 1841-1891
Births, Deaths and Marriages
various art websites
Oxford Art Online: ‘Samuel David Colkett’, ‘Victoria Susanna Colkett’

By Ian Bent

Samuel David Colkett