LANKESTER, Arthur

1836 - 1901

Arthur Lankester, was born at Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk on 25 August 1836 and baptised at Whiting Street Independent Chapel, Bury St Edmund’s on 3 January 1837, son of Frederick Lankester (10 March 1796-24 May 1873), bookseller, and his wife Sarah née Miller (died 1841). 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 in 1873, he took over his bookselling business and a bookseller at 17 Abbeygate Street, retiring from the business on 1 October 1879, in favour of Frank Prentis. He married at Hampstead Parish Church, London on 20 March 1875, Mary Anne (1836-19 February 1892), eldest daughter of solicitor William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.. In 1881, a 44 year house owner, living in Station Road, Reigate, Surrey with his 45 year old wife Mary Anne, born Islington and by 1891 had taken up his old profession as an artist and, together with his wife, were lodging at Poplar Farm, Woolhampton, Berkshire, his wife died at Bournemouth on 19 February the following year aged 56. He exhibited four pictures of domestic subjects at the Royal Academy and at the British Institution he 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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