Matthew Ellwood spent his formative years chasing rabbits and making dens. In the ninth year of his life he went in to business, breeding red ants, which he sold to a pet shop in Durham.

While on a family picnic in Hamsterley Forest his brother, Robert Ellwood, shot him between the eyes with an arrow. The scar is still visible between his eye brows.

He kept a small studio in the corner of the Ballroom. With encouragement from his Grandfather he developed as a painter.

Matthew Ellwood became known for his extreme secrecy. Spending most of his time hidden away in a small attic room of the family home. It was during this dark time he met dear sweet Sarah. A beautiful young woman, whose kind and pure soul I shall not speak of more for her modesty would not permit. Thanks to her Matthew rose to fame but little fortune.

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