FRY, Edward Ransome

1870 - 1942

Edward Ransome Fry, was born at 153 Norwich Road, Ipswich in 1870, son of Edward Fry, a corn & seed merchant, and his wife Annette née Ransome, who married at Ipswich in 1861, a brother to (Robert) Douglas Fry [q.v.] and his sister Constance Emily, married John Barlow Wood [q.v.]. Educated at Friends’ School, Ackworth, Yorkshire and in 1891, a 20 year old corn merchant's assistant, living at Lower Brook Street, Ipswich with his parents, 57 year old Edward, born in Devon and 50 year old Annette, born Jersey, C.I. and his four siblings Edith Isabel 22, Robert Douglas 18, Mabel Catherine 8 and Dorothy 4, all born at Ipswich. Edward married at Ipswich in 1896, Minnie Elizabeth Panton and in 1911, a 40 year old corn merchant, living at Westerfield Hall, Ipswich with his 44 year old wife Minnie, born Stannington, Northumberland and their three daughters, Rachel 13, Jane Ransome 10, both born at Ipswich and Annette Mary 4, born at Tuddenham St Mary, Bury St Edmund's. An artist in pencil and chalk of architectural subjects and a member of the Ipswich Art Club who exhibited at least eighteen works 1919-1938, from Church Farm, Tuddenham, near Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk including in 1930 ‘Windmill, Delft’ and ‘Lacock, Wilts’, in 1938 ‘Rothenberg’ and ‘Abbeville’ and in 1942 'Rood Tower, Lincoln Cathedral and Tithe Barn', 'Garrick Inn and Harvard House, Stratford upon Avon', 'Guild Chapel and Leycester Hospital, Warwick' and 'Cloister Court, Queens' College, Cambridge'. He was of 14 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmund’s when he died at the West Suffolk & General Hospital, Bury St Edmund's on 14 September 1942, aged 71. At Bonham’s sale at Bury St Edmund’s on 3 December 2009, lot 130, ‘A collection of artist's sketch books, comprising three Rowney canvas covered books and one Winsor & Newton example, 18cm x 26cm, containing various pencil and watercolour studies of East Anglian landscapes and buildings, together with equine works, also including a folio of pencil animal studies, a pen & ink farmyard card game and a 'A Brief Memoir of Francis Fry' by his son Theodore Fry, 1887’.

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