Frank Bollard Jowett - Artist

A noted Kettering artist who lived his final years in Bowling Green Road.

Born into a local Boot and Shoe manufacturing family, Frank B Jowett developed an early interest in painting in which he was encouraged. Following the family tradition he did eventually become the Managing Director of his own business, The Carrington Shoe Company.

He was a very accomplished oil and watercolour painter plus an etcher and travelled all over England to sketch and gather material. He regularly visited the small harbours of Cornwall and Conway in Wales. Jowett published a small series of booklets illustrated with reproductions of his etchings which were very popular in the 1930’s. He also enjoyed local sketching outings with his great friend Kettering painter George Harrison. Jowett’s paintings were exhibited regularly both at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and several other London Royal Societies.

He was Chairman of Kettering & District Art Society for 8 years.

The Alfred East Gallery has fourteen of his works in the collection. He died in 1943 in the fine brick villa on the opposite side of the road. He was said to visit the Alfred East Gallery every day in his later years.

Researched by Ian Luck

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