John Spence Ingall (1850-1936)
He was born in 1850 and had an older brother and sister. When his father died, his mother was left to continue running the business to support the family.
As a young man he became a printer compositor and later a designer of damask linen for the local linen industry. Studying at the Barnsley Science and Art School in its early days, in 1876
he won a Government- sponsored 3rd prize for damask design.
He is also said to have studied art at the Académie Julian in Paris but he was well into middle age before he began to style himself an artist.
He regularly visited the Runswick Bay and Staithes area on the Yorkshire coast, just north of Whitby, to paint in the open air. Continuing to live in Barnsley, he became a respected business man and freemason. Finally, around 1900, he moved permanently to Runswick Bay.
He was a founder member of the Staithes Group of Painters whose first exhibition was held in Staithes in August 1901. His winters were spent in Tangier.
He never married and he died in Runswick in 1936.