BONNEAU, Miss Florence Mary

1851 - 1937

Born at Crown Crescent, Twickenham, Middlesex in 1851, daughter of Cornelius Bonneau, civil service ordnance, and his wife Annette Eliza née Bache, who married at St. James’s, London in 1846. Studied art at Heatherly’s School of Art and a painter of flowers, genre and literary subjects. Her father died at Hastings, Sussex in 1866, aged 49 and in 1871 Florence was living at 8 Cambridge Place, Kensington with her 45 year old mother and 18 year old brother Charles, who was blind. Exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artist ‘A Norman Peasant’ 1874 and ‘Princess Parizade and the Talking Bird’ 1881 also exhibiting at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery and the Society of Women Artists 1871-1904 from Bayswater, London 1881 and Wembley, Middlesex 1904. In 1891 she was living at St. Katharine’s, Clifton Road, Millbrook, Southampton with her widowed mother and brother Charles from where she married in 1896, Charles William Cockburn, an accountant. In 1901 they were all living at 55 Cavendish Road, Willesden, Middlesex and by 1911 had all moved to Meadow Bank, Wickham Bishops, Witham, Essex where Charles William Cockburn was a 49 year old retired accountant. After the First World War they lived at The Dutch House, Walberswick, Suffolk from where Florence taught in the local school. She died at Walberswick in 1937, aged 86. She painted under the names of both Bonneau and Cockburn.