BROWN, Frances (Fanny) Mary

1866 - 1937

As Fanny Rignall, she was born at Halesworth, Suffolk in 1865, daughter of William Rignall, an ironmonger at Halesworth, and his wife Elizabeth née Whatson, who married at Halesworth in 1860. In 1881, a 16 year old living at Market Place, Halesworth with her parents, 66 year old William and 56 year old Elizabeth, with two siblings, Emma Elizabeth 19 and Elizabeth Mary 17. She studied at the Ipswich School of Science and Art and in 1886 passed her examinations in sciography. A painter in oil of still life and as Miss F M Rignall, a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1884-1888 and exhibited from Halesworth in 1884, two works 'Dead Game' and a 'Basket of Flowers'. She married at Halesworth in 1888, John Garrett Brown, a congregational minister from which time she worked under the name of Fanny Brown and Mrs F. M. Garrett Brown. In 1891, Fanny and John were living at Brook Cottage, North Entrance, Saxmundham and as Mrs. G. Brown, a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1897-1898 and ten years later, when she seems to have amended her first name to Frances and added Mary, as 36 year old Frances Mary Brown they were at Milton House, Chapel Road, Saxmundham with her 46 year old husband and three children, Marjorie F. 1892, Phyllis Garrett 2 and Norman Garrett 1, all born at Saxmundham and again a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1910-1911. In 1911, as Frances Mary was still at Milton House, with her son, 11 year old Norman Garrett Brown butshe seems to have declined membership of the Art Club but as Mrs. J. Garrett Brown rejoined 1921-1936 from 181 Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, exhibiting from Cauldwell Hall Road, in 1923 an etching 'Kelsale' and an aquatint 'Ufford Evening' and was a regular exhibitor, her later exhibits included watercolours, in 1933 'Still Life', 'Caravan', and 'Farm Buildings, Trimley' others include 'Mickey Mouse' and 'Barn Interior Tuddenham'. In 1932 was also a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle, from Ipswich. She died at 83 Christchurch Street, Ipswich on 21 January 1937, aged 71.