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Name: Robert Thrupp

Burial Number: 0529

Gender: Male

Occupation: Colourman; print seller; dealer in works of art; managing director limited company;

Distinction: Dealer in Art Works

Born: 10/10/1821

Died: 03/04/1907

Buried: 06/04/1907


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Robert Thrupp 1822 – 1907

Robert was born in Southwark, the son of Robert and Mary Ann. He was baptised at St Saviour’s, Southwark on 22 Mar 1822. His father was a coal merchant and the family lived in Clink Street. In 1837, Robert Snr was sent to Fleet prison for 10 weeks after getting into debt. Robert was sent to live with his father’s sister Charlotte in Moseley near Birmingham. Charlotte was a schoolmistress.
Robert started working in the art business as a colourman for Winter and Co. In 1853, he married Mary Ann Parsons at St Mary’s, Moseley on 12 Oct. The couple moved to London for a while but by 1862, they were back in Birmingham. That year, Robert set up a partnership with Napoleon Sarony, an American photographer and Samuel William Hill. Robert is described as a carver and gilder. They used a studio at 66 New Street, Birmingham.
In June 1866, Napoleon retired and returned to the United States. Robert dissolved the partnership, bought Napoleon’s negatives and continued the business. He took photographs of the rich and famous over the next few years including Charles Dickens, Charles Kingsley and Cardinal Newman. (See National Portrait Gallery website for a selection of his photographs).
By 1883, the family were living in London at 21 St Mary Abbot’s Terrace, Kensington with Robert making the occasional trip to America. In September of that year, Robert’s wife Mary was placed in a private asylum, St George’s Retreat near Ditchling. She died there in 1897.
Robert moved to Norfolk Lodge in Mill Road, Worthing. He died there on 3 Apr 1907.
Probate was granted on 6 May to Rev. Robert Williams Thrupp clerk, William Thomas Pearce and William Edward Killick gentlemen.
Effects £73199 11s 9d. Re-sworn £73386 9s 7d.
(approx. £5.7million in 2020).
Robert’s will left £250 to his sister Mary Ann Davis and £200 each to Arthur and Gertrude Davis; £100 to Worthing Infirmary; the residue to his son Robert and daughter Harriet.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Robert Thrupp

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 2 Plot: 42

Exact Location (what3words): chase.gossip.relay

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



EndowedGrave: Keep tidy


In loving memory of Mary Ann the beloved wife of Robert White Thrupp who fell asleep on Advent Sunday 1897. Also of Robert White Thrupp entered into rest April 3rd 1907 aged 85 years

Further Information


Name: Robert White Thrupp

Gender: Male

Born: 10/10/1821

Town: Southwark

County: Surrey

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 12/10/1853

Spouse First Name: Mary

Spouse Second Name: Ann

Town of Marriage: Mossley

County of Marriage: West Midlands

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 03/04/1907

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Norfolk Lodge

Address line 3: Mill Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £73199 11 s 9 d

Current value of effects: £5766000.00

Census Information


Green Hill Cottage, Moseley, Birmingham
Charlotte Thrupp aged 50, schoolmistress. Robert aged 15. Mary aged 15 assistant. Plus 20 pupils, 2 assistants and 3 servants.


St James, Clerkenwell, Surrey
Mary A aged 50, widow, annuitant. Robert aged 28, traveller to artist colourman. John aged 16, broker’s clerk.


4 Clifton Road, Marylebone, Middx
Robert aged 38, colourman. Mary Ann aged 34. Robert aged 6. Harriet aged 10 months. Plus 2 servants.


Moseley Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham
Robert aged 49, print seller. Mary A aged 44. Robert aged 16. Harriet aged 10. Fanny Shephard aged 19, visitor. Plus 2 servants.


Green Bank, Alcester Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham
Robert aged 59, dealer in works of art. Mary A aged 55. Harriet aged 20, student. Kate Phillips aged 22, visitor, dressmaker. Plus 1 servant.


21 St Mary Abbot’s Terrace, Kensington, Middx
Robert aged 69, managing director limited company. Plus 2 servants.


Norfolk Lodge, Mill Road, Worthing.
Robert aged 79, own means. Harriet Killick aged 40, daughter. Plus a cook and 2 servants.

Miscellaneous Information

Cardinal John Newman by Robert W Thrupp

Charles Kingsley by Robert W Thrupp

Unnamed portrait by Robert W Thrupp