CORNISH, Frank Robert

1868 - 1938

Frank Robert Cornish, was born at Ipswich on 4 May 1868, youngest son of Alfred Cornish, a whitesmith, and his wife Emma née Gowing, who married at Ipswich in 1856. In 1871, a 2 year old, living at 36 Globe Lane [now St George’s Street], Ipswich with his parents, 40 year old Alfred and 40 year old Emma, and four siblings, Charles Alfred 12, Jessie Eliza 10, Herbert Samuel 8 and Walter Frederick 4, all Ipswich born. In 1881, a 12 year old, living at 21 Queen Street, Ipswich with his parents, his 51 year father, still a whitesmith but his 51 year old mother kept a china & glass shop, now with six children with the addition of Minna Eliza 9. In 1876, Frank entered the British Boys School, Ipswich and then studied at the Ipswich School of Science and Art winning his pass certificate in 1884. Frank's 61 year old mother died at Ipswich in 1891 and in 1901, Frank was a ‘foreign traveller for Ipswich engineers' E. R. & F. Turner, living at 10 Adelphi Place, Ipswich with his widowed father, a china & glass dealer, who retained a housekeeper and a servant. Frank married at Newington parish church, Hythe, Kent on 17 September 1904, Ethel Crandall Lorden and in 1911, a 42 year old engineer’s export manager, living at ‘Kya Lami’, Henley Road, Ipswich with his 34 year old wife and two children, Dorothy Joan 5 and Hubert Lorden 3. A painter of mostly landscapes in watercolour including views on the Thames, Devon and Italy, but most were local scenes of Ipswich and he was a member of Ipswich Art Club 1923-1937 and a regular exhibitor of some 65 works including from 'Kya Lami', Montague Road, Felixstowe in 1923 two watercolours, 'Gandria, Lake Lugano' and 'Pontetresa, Italy', and a pen & colour drawing 'Convent School, Sanderstead, Surrey'. In all he exhibited a total of sixty-five works including in 1932 five water-colours, 'John Knox's House, Edinburgh', 'The Deben at Ramsholt', 'Constable's Birthtown, East Bergholt', 'Pin Mill on the Orwell', 'Near Levington and River Orwell' and a pastel 'Isola Buona, nr. Venteniglia, Fontanddatu 1486' and in 1937, three watercolours 'Shalford Village, Surrey', 'Portofino, Liguria, Italy' and 'Mill House Corner, Flatford'. He died at Kya Lami, Montague Road, Felixstowe on 25 July 1938, aged 70. He signed his work 'F. R. Cornish'.