CORNISH, Frank Robert

1868 - 1938

Born at Ipswich in 1868, son of Alfred Cornish, a whitesmith, and his wife Emma née Gowing, who married at Ipswich in 1856. In 1871 a 2 year old living at 36 Globe Lane [now St. George’s Street], Ipswich with his parents, 40 year old Alfred and 40 year old Emma, and four siblings, all Ipswich born. In 1881 his father was still a whitesmith but his mother had a china & glass shop at 21 Queen Street, Ipswich where they were living with six children. Frank's mother died at Ipswich in 1891, aged 61 and in 1901 Frank was a ‘foreign traveller for an engineering company’ living at 10 Adelphi Place, Ipswich with his widowed father, a china & glass dealer, who had a housekeeper and a servant. He married at Hythe, Kent in 1904, Ethel Crandall Lorden and in 1911 a 42 year old engineer’s export manager living at ‘Kya Lami’, Henley Road, Ipswich with his 34 year old wife, a son and a daughter. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1923-1937 and exhibited from 'Kya Lami', Felixstowe 1923 two watercolours 'Gandria, Lake Lugano' and 'Pontetresa, Italy', and a pen & colour drawing 'Convent School, Sanderstead, Surrey' he exhibited a total of sixty-five works, in 1932 five water-colours 'John Knox's House, Edinburgh', 'The Deben at Ramsholt', 'Constable's Birthtown, East Bergholt', 'Pin Mill on the Orwell', 'Near Levington and River Orwell' and a pastel 'Isola Buona, nr. Venteniglia, Fontanddatu 1486' and in 1937 three watercolours 'Sahlford Village, Surrey', 'Portofino, Liguria, Italy' and 'Mill House Corner, Flatford'. A painter of mostly landscapes in watercolour including views on the Thames, Devon and Italy, but most were local scenes of Ipswich. He died at Felixstowe in 1938, aged 70.