BROWN, Frances (Fanny) Mary (Garrett)

1866 - 1937

As Fanny Rignall, she was born at Halesworth, Suffolk in 1865, daughter of William Rignall, an ironmonger at Halesworth, and his wife Elizabeth née Whatson, who married at Halesworth in 1860. In 1881, a 16 year old living at Market Place, Halesworth with her parents, 66 year old William and 56 year old Elizabeth, with two older siblings, Emma E. 19 and Elizabeth M. 17. A painter in oil of still life and as Miss F M Rignall, a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1884-1888 and exhibited from Halesworth in 1884 two works 'Dead Game' and a 'Basket of Flowers'. She married at Halesworth in 1888 John Garrett Brown, a congregational minister from which time she worked under the name of Fanny Brown and Mrs F. M. Garrett Brown. In 1891, Fanny and John were living at Brook Cottage, North Entrance, Saxmundham and as Mrs. G. Brown, a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1897-1898 and ten years later as Frances Mary Brown they were at Milton House, Chapel Road, Saxmundham with a son and two daughters and again a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1910-1911. In 1911 as Frances Mary was still at Milton House, with her son, 11 year old Norman Garret Brown. She seems to have declined membership of the Art Club but as Mrs. J. Garrett Brown rejoined 1921-1936 from 181 Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, exhibiting from Cauldwell Hall Road, in 1923 an etching 'Kelsale' and an aquatint 'Ufford Evening' and was a regular exhibitor, later exhibits included watercolours in 1933 'Still Life', 'Caravan', and 'Farm Buildings, Trimley' others include 'Mickey Mouse' and 'Barn Interior Tuddenham'. In 1932 a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle, from Ipswich. She died at Ipswich in 1937, aged 71.