PARR, Emily Oliver

1858 - 1950

Born at Roxeth Lodge, Harrow, Middlesex on 15 May 1858, daughter of Gen. Thomas Chase Parr (1822-1883) and his wife Harriet née Pott (1820-1897), who married at Bromley, Kent in May 1846. Her brother was Admiral Alfred Arthur Chase Parr (1849-1914), the explorer, of Powis Lodge, Bickley, near Bromley. In 1861, a 2 year old living at Freelands, Bromley with her grandparents, Charles 74 and Anne Pott 72, with six siblings Charles 14, Alfred 11, Harriet 10, Willoughby 7 Agnes 4 and Percivall 1 and they retained 12 indoor servants, their parents are visiting the rest of the Pott family in Northill, Bedfordshire. In 1871, a 12 year old living at Roxeth Lodge with her 51 year old mother Frances and three siblings. By 1881 her 78 year old father had retired from the Indian Army and was living at Powis Lodge, The Common, Chislehurst, Kent with his wife and three of his unmarried children including Emily. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1890-1891 and exhibited from Powis Lodge in 1890 'Cottages, Newbury, Berkshire'. Her father died in 1883 and by 1891 his widow and family, including Emily, had moved to Southborough Road, Bromley. Harriet died in 1897 when Emily and her elder sister Agnes moved to Molescroft, Chapelfield, Bromley but in 1911 Emily was on her own account at this address. In 1939 living on 'private means' at 5 Hill Brow, Bromley, Kent where she died in 1950, aged 92, she was unmarried. Her mother Harriet was also an artist in watercolour and painted works of their home in and around their home at Bhuj, the capital of the former princely state of Kutch, located in the Western part of Gujarat, India.