1802 - 1885

Emily Stannard

As Emily Coppin, she was born at St Catherine's Plain, Ber Street, Norwich on 8 February 1802 and baptised at St Stephen's church, Norwich on 14 February 1802, only daughter of Daniel Coppin (1771-18 October 1822), a painter & gilder and one of the founders of the Norwich Society of Artists, and his wife Elizabeth née Clyatt (died 23 July 1812), who married at Norwich on 2 February 1796. Emily was trained in art by her parents and, together with her father, travelled to Holland in 1820 where she copied old masters, especially Jan van Huysum (1682-1749), which influenced her later career. Her typical subjects being bouquets of flowers in vases and traditional still life paintings with tableware and fruit or game animals, set against monochrome backgrounds. In 1820, she won a gold medal from the Society of Arts in London for one of her flower paintings, and the following year for a fruit painting. Already an established artist, on 31 December 1825, she was of St George's, Tombland, Norwich when, giving her age as 21, on 3 January 1826 she married artist Joseph Stannard (1797-1830), but he died of tuberculosis four years later. They had a daughter Emily (18271894), who was also to become an artist, who assisted her mother in teaching art to supplement their income. In 1828, Stannard won her third gold medal at the Society of Arts for a still life of game animals. She exhibited her work in Norwich but also exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1824 and the British Institution 18231825 also exhibiting at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association at Ipswich in 1850 'Flowers'. Stannard is now considered one of the two finest British women still life painters of the century, the other being her niece Eloise Harriet Stannard (1829-1915). Emily Stannard died at Cathedral Street, Prince of Wales Road, Norwich on 6 January 1885.

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