Jean Thomas Corbet

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'Jean Thomas Corbet' (1836 – 1926) was a Guernsey-born quarry owner, grower and painter. He was also a founding member of the Guernsey Rotary Club.


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Education

Corbet was the eldest son born to the senior line of the Corbet family of the Channel Islands to the parents of Jean Corbet and Rachel du Port in Vale Parish, Guernsey,Channel Islands. He was educated at the Vale Sunday School and the Vale Primary School. He lived in Guernsey his entire life having been known to leave the island for England on several occasions to do business. He was the owner of Le Catelain Quarry and La Corvee Quarry and later moved into the field of 'grower' where he excelled with the use of the then new use of glasshouses. He was the second family in Guernsey to build glasshouses following his son-in-law Henry Bichard. He was largely a self-taught painter who worked in the style of Impressionism, his primary medium was oils. Some lessons in painting he received from his cousin Denys Corbet.

Private Life

Corbet married Louisa Sebire (1832-1895) in 1859. They had seven children. The family settled at "Clospains" in the Vale Parish. Corbet remarried in 1899 to one of his servants by the name of Mary Le Maitre, a widower, they had no children.

Corbet was a deeply religious and private man who worked hard to ensure that his children and relatives were "Knowing of God and comfortable." He amassed substantial wealth which is managed today for his third great grandson Christian Cardell Corbet living in Canada.

Career

Corbet saw that what with the advant of 'glasshouses' he and his family could succeed further in thier endeavours so he moved away from quarrying and ensured that his three sons would follow that occupation; the sons namely John Henry Corbet, Alfred John Corbet and William "Melon King" Corbet. While John Henry Corbet would move into growing and later become a major Fruit Merchant and his youngest brother William Corbet would establish a successful name in the Channel Islands and England the middle brother Alfred John Corbet decided to not follow suit and moved to Canada. There Alfred John moved in his early 40's, retired and lived the remainder of his life as a 'city gentleman'. It is from Alfred John Corbet that Jean Thomas Corbet would have grandsons and carry on the senior line of the family name in Canada.

Private Life

Corbet married Louisa Sebire (1832-1895) in 1859. They had seven children. The family settled at "Clospains" in the Vale Parish. Corbet remarried after the death of his first wife in 1899 to one of his servants by the name of Mary Le Maitre, a widower, they had no children.


Corbet was a deeply religious and private man who worked hard to ensure that his children and relatives were "Knowing of God and comfortable." He amassed a substantial wealth during his life which works to the current day for his third great grandson Christian Cardell Corbet living in Canada. Today Christian Corbet is known as a patron and benefactor for the arts and culture often contributing back to Guernsey.

Career

Corbet saw that what with the advant of 'glasshouses' he and his family could succeed further in thier endeavours so he moved away from quarrying and ensured that his three sons would follow that occupation; the sons namely John Henry Corbet, Alfred John Corbet and William "Melon King" Corbet. While John Henry Corbet would move into growing and later become a major Fruit Merchant and his youngest brother William Corbet would establish a successful name in the Channel Islands and England the middle brother Alfred John Corbet decided to not follow suit and moved to Canada. There Alfred John moved in his early 40's, retired and lived the remainder of his life as a 'city gentleman'. It is from Alfred John Corbet that Jean Thomas Corbet would have grandsons and carry on the senior line of the family name in Canada.

Portraits

Corbet was the subject of several formal portraits during his lifetime by Photographic Artists Garnier Arsene, R. Dumaresq to include an important four generations superimposed portrait by T.A Grut.

Island Contributions

Despite the fact that Corbet was known to be very shrewd with his money he conceived the idea and ensured that he donated the principle sum of funds for a major stained glass window at the Vale Methodist Church in memory of his brother Helier who died in 1917. This major work of art is the single largest principle stained glass art work in the Vale Parish.

Death

Corbet died of natural causes on 12 June 1926 at "New Place" in the Vale. He was interred along with his first wife and several other relatives in the Corbet Family Plot in Independant Cemetery, Vale Church next to an impressive 7 foot Italian marble head stone written in French.


Special Collections

The Corbet Family Channel Islands Collection has in their archives several original heirlooms from the Estate of Jean Thomas Corbet's to include personal effects and paintings.


References

External links

  • [1] Official Web Site
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