HUNTINGTON, Francis Henry

1824 - 1895

Born at Boulogne sur Mer, France on 7 May and baptised at the English chapel, Boulogne on 4 July 1824 and again at Holy Trinity church, Winterton, Norfolk on 13 June 1824, son of John Barker Huntingdon, of Somerton Hall, Norfolk and his wife Isabella née Hethersett, who married in 1813. Francis married at West Ham, London in December 1848, Amelia Lewis and his eldest son Francis D‘Estere, born St Leonard’s on sea was baptised at Shropham, Norfolk on 21 February 1848 and his second, Alfred Kirby at Ipswich, Suffolk on 10 October 1852. In 1851 a landscape artist living at Wherstead Road, Halifax, Stoke, Ipswich but by 1861 a 36 year old ‘proprietor of houses’ living at Totteridge Lodge, Totteridge, Barnet, Hertfordshire with his 46 year old wife and son Alfred Kirby, Francis D’Estere had died in 1857. By 1871, a 46 year old artist, living at 3 Lawn Road, Hampstead where Amelia died in 1878, aged 64. Francis exhibited twenty-nine works, including watercolours of the Dorset countryside and views in Devon, Surrey and North Wales, at the Society of British Artists 1851-1878 and a view in Scotland at the Royal Academy 1894, from Mervill Hill, Hambledon, Godalming, Surrey. He died on the Scilly Isles, Cornwall in 1895, aged 71. His son was Professor Alfred Kirby Huntington (1852–1920), professor of metallurgy, author and aviation pioneer.