BROWN, Sir John Alfred Arnesby

1866 - 1955

John Arnesby Brown

Born at Nottingham on 29 March 1866 in Nottingham, eldest child of John Henry Brown, a wine merchant, and his wife Emma M.. In 1881 a 15 year old scholar living at Pelham Crescent, Standard Hill, Nottingham with his parents 44 year old John and 44 year old Emma, with six siblings, Gilbert N. 13, Emma K. 11, Jane E. 10, Myra M. 8, Mercy E. 6 and Eric3, all born in Nottingham. Arnesby Brown studied at the Nottingham School of Art and at the Bushey School of Art in Hertfordshire 1889-1893. One of the leading British landscape artists of the 20th century and is best known for his impressionistic depictions of pastoral landscapes, often featuring cattle. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1890 being elected an Associate in 1903. He married in 1896, Mia Edwards (18701931), and theylived in Norfolk and St Ives, Cornwall. Arnesby Brown was knighted in 1938. He ceased painting in 1942 due to blindness and died at Haddiscoe, Norfolk on 16 November 1955 and buried in the local cemetery. Not strictly a Suffolk artist but a regular guest member and exhibitor at the Sole Bay Group [q.v.] at Southwold, Suffolk.




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