DOWNS, Edgar

1876 - 1963

Edgar Downs, was born at Claughton-cum-Grange, Birkenhead on 12 October and baptised on 3 December 1876, son of William Downs and his wife Margaret née Stuart, who married at Birkenhead in 1870. Educated at Birkenhead School of Art and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, from where he received a silver medal. An animal painter in oil, and in Kelly's Directory of Suffolk 1904-1912, is listed as an artist living at 'Poplars', Nayland, near Sudbury, Suffolk. In 1911 he exhibited at the Royal Academy from 12 Bedford Gardens, Kensington, London, two works 'Our Daily Bread' and 'The Edge of the Bog' his other exhibition addresses include Arun House at Clymping, West Sussex. During the First World War he served as a war artist with spells at Gallipoli in 1915 and Salonica in 1916. He married at East Preston, Sussex in 1922, Isabella Anne Geoghegan, formerly Pickthorn (1866-1949) and in 1927 was living at Arun House, Clymping, Littlehampton, Hampshire. A member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters; the London Sketch Club and Chelsea Arts Club and also exhibited at Royal Cambrian Academy of Art and the Walker Gallery, Liverpool. In 1939, an artist, living at Brix Mudeford, near Christchurch, Hampshire with his wife Isabella, and three indoor servants. He died at Brix Mudeford on 8 March 1963, leaving nearly £60,000.

GEOGHEGAN Herbert Lyne, Fleet Surgeon, Haslar, Portsmouth. Son of Stannus GEOGHEGAN of Sliema, Malta. Educated at Neuwied, Germany, Queen’s College Galway and Trinity College Dublin (BA, MD). Translator of the German Book ‘Bacteria’ by Dr Max Schottelius. He went down on HMS Black Prince with all the crew of 857. He married in 1909 Isabella Anne née Pickthorn, who as I. S. Downs (1866-1949) was of Arun House, Clymping, Littlehampton.

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