MANN, Lily

1862 - 1938

Born at Earls Colne, Essex in 1862, daughter of Thomas Mann and his wife Sarah née Fairbank (or Fitch) who married at Earls Colne in 1847. In 1871 young Lily was living at High Street, Earls Colne with her parents, 68 year old Thomas, a timber merchant and farmer, and 61 year old Sarah, with seven siblings Thomas 20, Jane 18, Walter 16, Mary Ann 14, Julia Amelia 12, Alfred 10 and Arthur 7. A painter of landscapes and still life and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1891-1896 where she exhibited from Earls Colne, Essex, six works 1891-1893 including two oils ‘Colne Priory’ and ‘Fruit and Flowers’ (1893). In 1901, the family home was s small school, Priory Farm School, with sisters 44 year old Marian as principal and 42 Julia Amelia as house mistress, with 38 year old Lily a governess and ten years later now 'Priory School' Lily was the art teacher and in 1911 one of her pupils was Ethel Maud Percival [q.v.] . She died, at Earls Colne in 1938, aged 76, she was unmarried.