NESBITT, Frances Emily

1863 - 1934

Born at Wolverhampton, Staffordshire in 1863, daughter of Francis Albert Nesbitt, a surgeon, who died at Wolverhampton on 24 May 1866, and his wife Emily née Fyson who married at Marylebone in 1863. After training at the Slade School of Art and at University College London, Frances chose to concentrate on watercolours. In 1881, a 17 year old living at 33 Henley Road, Ipswich with her 36 year old widowed mother Emily. She exhibited from 33 Henley Road at Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1883 three table lots 'Purple Clematis', 'Chrysanthemums' and 'Wild Hops' and in 1884 three watercolours 'Chrysanthemums', 'Sketch in Grange, in Borrowdale' and 'Derwentwater, from High Lodore', others included 'The Fish Corner, Whitby' and 'The Green, Walberswick' (1893) and elected a member of the Club for 1894 and exhibited from 51 Tite Street, Chelsea, London watercolours 'An Old-fashioned Garden' and 'Venetian Boats', in 1895 'Sunset and Smoke' and 'Evening on the River, Aldeburgh' with her last exhibition at Ipswich in 1898 but in 1889 she exhibited several pictures at the Bury & Suffolk Fine Art Society including a watercolour 'River Scene with a Man of War at Anchor'. From 1888 she regularly exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists including from 8 St Alban's Road, Kensington, London 'Study in St Mark's, Venice' and the following year from The Studio, 7 Elm Tree Road, St John's Road, London 'Sogaarde, Bergen' and 'The Duke of Wellington' and from 6 New Crompton Street, Soho in 1891 'Calm, Lowestoft' and she also exhibited at the British Institute and other leading galleries and after Frances and her mother took up residence in Tite Street, Chelsea, Frances's work was first accepted by the Royal Academy in 1896. Nearly every year the two ladies travelled abroad, visiting France, Germany, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands, sight-seeing and studying the history and architecture of these countries. For Frances, an excellent linguist, it was an excellent opportunity to capture the local colour and atmosphere in her numerous watercolours. Venturing further afield, the pair visited North Africa which resulted in Frances' excellent travel book 'Algiers and Tunis' (1906), illustrated by many of her watercolours, her second book, 'Palestine' was never published. After her busy life in London, Frances retired to Hilltop, Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, where she died on 12 January 1934, she was unmarried.

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