CROUCH, James (1774-1860). A late Georgian silhouette of a gentleman painted on card, in a contemporary ebonised oval frame (5 x 6 x 1 1/4 inches) with suspension loop. On the reverse is an old ink inscription reading " James Crouch Esquire Ob:1860 Grandfather of Walter Crouch F.Z.S. of Wanstead etc. JC (born at Hastings) was for many years Resident Inspector of Customs at London Docks in the "good old days" when every thing was taxed". The card is discoloured, especially on the periphery. The silhouette comes with copies of various genealogical details.
James Crouch was born in Hastings in 1774, the son of Thomas and Mary Crouch. James married Sarah Marston in 1803 in London, and became a Customs Officer. They had at least four children, including post office clerk Walter Crouch (c1809-1879) who married Mary Ann Crouch in 1836. Their son Walter Crouch (1841-1918) was an insurance manager but also a well known Essex antiquarian and naturalist, and Fellow of the Zoological Society.