LANKESTER, Arthur

1837 - 1901

Arthur Lankester, was baptised at Whiting Street Independent Chapel, Bury St Edmund’s on 3 January 1837, son of Frederick Lankester (1796-1873), bookseller, and his wife Sarah née Miller. In 1861, a 24 year old artist in oils, living at 2 Percy Street, St Pancras, London with several other artists and sculptors but by 1871 had returned to 17 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmund's, a draughtsman living with his father. On the death of his father he took over his bookselling business and 1873-1879 a bookseller at 17 Abbeygate Street. He married at Islington, London in 1875, Mary Ann Smith and in 1881, a 44 year house owner, living in Station Road, Reigate, Surrey with his 45 year old wife Mary Ann, born Islington and by 1891 had taken up his old profession as an artist and, together with his wife, was lodging at Poplar Farm, Woolhampton, Berkshire, his wife died the following year aged 56. He exhibited four pictures of domestic subjects at the Royal Academy and at the British Institution exhibited ‘Peace after War’ &c. and his 'St Edmunds Abbey in Olden Times' is in Bury St Edmund’s Cathedral. He died at 'Hawthorns', South-East Road, Ramsgate, Kent on 4 September 1901, aged 65. (Copsey–'Suffolk Book Trades'. (2011))




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