BROWN, Frank

1858 - 1929

Francis Brown, was born at Ipswich in 1858, son of William Brown, timber merchant, and his wife Esther (1824-1889) née Landon, Francis was a brother to Margaret Landon Brown. Educated at Ipswich School and articled, as his first pupil, to architect Brightwen Binyon and subsequently in the offices of George Edmund Street, R.A. (1824-1881), during the time of Street's designing the Law Courts in London which had not been completed by the time of Street's death. Frank was educated at Ipswich Grammar School and studied at the Ipswich School of Science & Art, winning a pass certificate in Freehand Drawing and a prize for his Model Drawing in 1880 before going into partnership with John Shewell Corder who, in 1886, had a practice at 9 Thoroughfare, Ipswich and had offices in various places in Ipswich, finally at 9 Arcade Street in 1916. Frank married at Ipswich in 1889, Annie Agnes Smythe, daughter of artist Thomas Smythe and in 1911, Francis, a 52 year old architect, was living at 'Heathfield', Freehold Road, Ipswich with his 41 [sic] year old wife and their seven children, Mildred Esther 20, Phyllis Mary 15, Frances Victoria 13, Vera Jermyn 12, Wilfred Jermyn 10, Gerald Frank 7 and Gwendoline 4, with his 66 year old mother-in-law Jane Smythe. Brown unsuccessfully tried to resurrect the Ipswich Silk Weaving Company, and in conjunction with Luther Hooper, opened a factory in Handford Road, Ipswich, a book with 'Frost's Drawings of Ipswich' by Brown (1895) was bound in silk from this factory, but the factory was a failure. He then went into partnership, George Hastings Burgess, and they acquired the business of Brightwen Binyon. A member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1886-1919 but had exhibited from Gippeswyk Hall, Ipswich in 1885, a watercolour 'Sketch of Little Wenham'. He died at 'Aysgarth', Lattice Barn, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich on 16 May 1929, aged 70 and his wife followed from 341 Colchester Road, Ipswich on 30 January 1949, aged 81.

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