THAIN, Louis

1870 - 1913

Louis Farmen Thain, was born at Lowestoft, Suffolk in 1870, son of William Farmen Thain, a basket maker, and his wife Martha née Hall, who married at Lowestoft in 1855. In 1881, an 11 yeasr old scholar, living at Willow House, Lowestoft with his parents, 48 year old William and 51 year old Martha, with siblings William Samuel 22, Frederick Bond 21, Edward Bond 18, Samuel 16, Agnes Emma 15, Annie Celia 13 and Ernest Farman 9, all born at Lowestoft. Louis studied at Lowestoft School of Art from 1885. He painted a farewell portrait of Christopher John Heppell (1834-1911), when Heppell moved from the Lowestoft Mission to Seamen in 1902 to Sunderland and Thain advertised from Clapham Road, Lowestoft in 1902 'will artistically sketch your Portrait, enlarged from Cabinet Photo, in Pastel, Chalk, Ink, or Pencil for 1. 1s.'. Louis married at Lowestoft in 1906, Fanny Chadd Gianella née Lord (1864-11 August 1925), a widow, and in 1911, an artist on own account, living at 12 Cleveland Road Lowestoft with his 44(sic) year old wife Fanny, who was born at Southwold, Suffolk. He had separated from his wife and, armed with a revolver, shot his wife, who survived, and two of her friends, who died, before turning the revolver on himself and died by his own hand at Lowestoft on 10 July 1913, aged 48.