FAWKES, Irene

1886 - ?

Born at Chelmsford, Essex on 27 February 1886, daughter of Frank Attfield Fawkes (1849-1941), a manufacturer of horticultural buildings, and his wife Sarah Smith née Hartridge (1849-1930), who married at Holy Trinity Church, Anerley, London on 3 May 1881. Her father was also the author of at least 17 different books ranging from 'Babies: How to Rear Them in Health (1883) to 'Adventures of a Chemist' (1930) also writing under the pen-name "X 'Marmaduke, Emperor of Europe' (1895). Irene studied at Chelmsford School of Art and at the City & Guilds of London Art Institution from where she was awarded a silver medal. In 1911 a 24 year old art teacher, living at 34 Hamlet Road, Chelmsford and in the 1920s and 1930s, worked as a commercial designer and illustrator, producing between 1923 and 1935, 22 posters and 13 panel posters for London Transport. Between 1927 and 1935 she also taught drawing and design at the Sir John Cass Technical Institute, Jewry Street, London (now incorporated in London Metropolitan University). In 1939 she was an artist living at 'Periwinkle', The Lane, West Mersea, Essex but by 18 February 1941 she was living at 9 Rosebery Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk and lived in Felixstowe for the rest of her life. In 1962 she was a retired artist living at 20 Berners Road, Felixstowe and died at Osbourne House Nursing Home, 17-19 Montague Road, Felixstowe on 13 August 1977, aged 91.








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