COSTERTON, Florence Caroline

1866 - 1915

Florence Caroline Costerton, was born at Eye, Suffolk in 1866 and baptised at Eye on 25 April 1866, daughter of Charles Fisher Costerton (bapt. 28 Janury 1822-1 March 1891), a magistrate and flax manufacturer, and his wife Harriet née Nayler (c.1828-1912), who married at Eye on 15 February 1849. In 1871, a 5 year old, living at Scole House, Ipswich Road, Scole, Norfolk with her parents, 49 year old Charles, who was born at Southtown, then in Suffolk, and 49[sic] year old Harriet, with siblings Isabel Louisa 17, Ada Mary 13, Clement Fisher (22 December 1858-2 July 1930), Edward 8 and Helena Gertrude 6, all born at Eye. She had other siblings including Charles Ernest, born 1851, Alfred 1857, Julia Kathleen 1872 and Nora Margarite 1876. In 1901 she had a solo exhibition of her fans and miniature painting in the Boulevard Montparnasse, Paris. In 1906, a 39 year old artist, when admitted as a patient at the Bethlem Hospital, London. She committed suicide by drowning in a pond at her sister's house at Daws Hall, Lamarsh, Essex on 27/28 June 1915, she was unmarried. Sometime her first names were reversed i.e. Caroline Florence.