The Art of
Richard Sinclair

Richard Sinclair

Richard Sinclair was born in Dublin in about 1845.  He enlisted with the 10th Royal Hussars in 1865 and served with the regiment until he was discharged on medical grounds in 1877 while stationed in Canterbury.  After leaving the army Sinclair set up his studio in Northgate where he produced watercolours and photographs of military subjects.   Richard Sinclair died in 1917 but the studio was continued by his family, notably his son Valentine who also ran a thriving antiques business at the former White Swan Inn, also in Northgate. 
Richard was buried at St. Jerome's Cemetery in Dublin.  (Although his memorial in Canterbury states that he was buried at Glasnevin.)
Richard's wife, Alice, was the sister of noted Canterbury organ builder Frederick Henry Browne.  The F. H. Browne company is still in business today in the village of Ash, near Canterbury.
Richard Sinclair's descendants include many musicians.  His great grandsons Richard and David Sinclair were at the vanguard of the development of the alternative rock genre known as the "Canterbury Sound" and are perhaps best known as founder members of the band "Caravan."

 

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