NUNN, Robert Lindley

1826 - 1901

Lindley Nunn

Born at Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk on 15 July and baptised on 10 August 1826, eldest son of Robert Nunn (1764-1827), a musician and organist of St Mary's Church, and his wife Mary née Aldrich (1769-1830), his god-father was Robert Lindley, hence his middle name and he was known as Lindley Nunn. Educated at Bury St Edmund's grammar school 1836-1841 then at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1854 Nunn was appointed choirmaster at Ipswich School and settled in Ipswich as a teacher of music. On 20 January 1865 admitted pensioner at St John's College, Cambridge graduating Mus.B in 1867 and the following year provided a grand concert on the opening of the new Ipswich Town Hall. He married at Bury St Edmund's on 24 June 1852, Catherine Jane Stutter and in 1881 they were living at Cross Yard, Cornhill, Ipswich and where his wife died in 1884, two of their daughters Alexandra Louise [q.v.] and Mary Cecilia [q.v.] were artists. He married again in 1892, Frances Augusta Martin [Nunn q.v.]. His talents also included landscape painting in oil and was a member of Ipswich Art Club 1879-1897 and exhibited five works from St Mary Tower Ipswich in 1881 'A Study from Life', 'Sunrise', 'A View in the Scilly Islands', 'From the Hotel at Namur' and 'On the River' and in 1882 four works 'Be it Ever so Humble', 'Evening', 'Neanderthal, near Dusseldorf' and 'A Sketch' and eight works in 1883 and was a regular exhibitor showing a total of fifty-four works including local views, the Lake District, Cornwall and the Alps. He died at Ipswich on 26 February 1901 and buried in Ipswich Cemetery. [Nunn-Musical Recollections-Ipswich 1899]