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 Harry P Friswell  (1857 - 1941)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: Landscape painting

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Harry P. Friswell
Flatford, Suffolk
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Harry Percy Hain Friswell (1857-1941)

Born at Bloomsbury, London in 1857, third child of James Friswell, an editor & scientific author, and his wife Emma Hain née Rumley, who married in 1847.  In 1861 a 4 year old living at 3 Southampton Street, Bloomsbury with his parents, 35 year old James and 35 year old Emma and his two siblings, which was the home of his 62 year old grandmother Emma Rumley, a widow.  Educated at a school kept by Revd Charles Butler at Church Street, Apsley Guise, Bedfordshire where he was boarding with 18 other students in 1871 and in 1881 a 24 year old ‘landscape painter’ living at ‘Fair Home’, Station Road, Bexley Heath, Kent with his widowed mother, grandmother, sister and two of his mother’s nieces.  He married at Kingston, Surrey in 1889, Margaret Ann Petch and two years later they were living at Mount Pleasant, Caerhun, Tyn y groes, Conway, Wales and were still there in 1901.

Landscape painter admitted member of Royal Society of British Artists in 1897.  Exhibited at Birmingham Royal Society of Artists, Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, six times at the Royal Academy 1887-1895, seven times at the Royal Society of British Artists 1881-1892, and the Royal Institute of British Artists, from Bexley Heath 1881, Tyn-y-Groes, Conway, Wales 1888 and East Bergholt 1908.  Titles exhibited at the Royal Academy include A Day in Early Summer and Morning Mist.  By 1908 they had moved to Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, the famous painting place of John Constable [q.v.] and in 1911, a 54 year old landscape & figure painter living there with his 54 year old wife, born Peckham, London and a 24 year old nephew, Geoffrey Myall and where his wife died in 1915.  He died at Wokingham, Surrey in 1941, aged 84, he had no issue.

Information provided by Tony Copsey, author and researcher of artists in Suffolk County, England.

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