BROWN, Sir John Alfred Arnesby

1866 - 1955

John Arnesby Brown

John Alfred Arnesby Brown, was born at Nottingham on 29 March 1866, eldest child of John Henry Brown, a wine merchant, and his wife Emma Maria, née Wardle, who married at Nottingham in 1860. In 1881, a 15 year old scholar living at Pelham Crescent, Standard Hill, Nottingham with his parents, 44 year old John and 44 year old Emma, with six siblings, Gilbert Noel 13, Emma K. 11, Jane Ethel 10, Myra Margaret 8, Mercy Eleanor 6 and Eric 3, all born in Nottingham. Arnesby Brown studied at the Nottingham School of Art and at the Bushey School of Art in Hertfordshire 1889-1893. One of the leading British landscape artists of the 20th century and is best known for his impressionistic depictions of pastoral landscapes, often featuring cattle. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1890, being elected an Associate in 1903 and a Member in 1915. He married in 1896, Sarah Harriott Mia Edwards (18641931) Mia Edwards Arnesby Brown, and they lived in Norfolk and St Ives, Cornwall. Arnesby Brown was knighted in 1938 and in 1939 was living at The White House, Rectory Road, Loddon, Norfolk. Due to blindness, he ceased painting in 1942 and died at The White House, Haddiscoe, Loddon, Norfolk on 16 November 1955 and buried in the local cemetery. Not strictly a Suffolk artist but a regular guest member and exhibitor at the Sole Bay Group at Southwold, Suffolk. He signs his works 'Arnesby Brown' or on small works 'A. B.'.

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