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The following submitted by Andrew Melville-Smith, great grandson of the artist:
Anne Huntington Melville-Smith (Farrer) (1861-1939), was the third child of
Landscape painter Thomas Charles Farrer (1838 - 1891), elder brother of
Henry Farrer (1844 - 1903).
She travelled to America on the 5th April 1885 on the RMS Adriatic, with her
parents and produced a number of sketches of local scenes. She would
undoubtedly have been tutored by her father during this time and would have had contact with his brother, Henry in New York.
She married Herbert Melville Smith on the 11th of July 1891 in England.
Herbert was the director of King's Norton Metal Company which made
munitions and she played an active role in the welfare of the workers. In
1900 she designed the first non inflammable linen gowns for Munitions
Workers that combined safety with sanitary requirements. She received the
OBE in 1918 for her social work during the first world war.
She had only had one child, Henry McLean Melville-Smith born in 1892 and he
travelled around with her as she pursued her passion for painting. During
her life she made made many trips to America and produced a large number of oil paintings mostly landscapes and still life.
Attached is an image of a painting of Polpero in Cornwall, England which is
in our possession and a photo of Ann painting the picture, with her son Henry
patiently waiting for her to complete the painting.
A magazine article on the artist Ann Huntington Farrer appeared in:
"Homes and Antiques" magazine, January 1997, page 29.
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