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Alfred Concanen: Artist

Posted in Art, Artist on Wednesday, 20 July 2011

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Alfred Concanen was a noted lithographer, praised for his painstaking work by Sacheverell Sitwell.

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Sheet music for the Highbury Polka composed by C. H. R. Marriott, illustrated by Alfred Concanen

Of Irish ancestry, Concanen was born in Nottingham in 1835, the son of Edward Concanen, a portrait painter in Ireland, and his wife, Mary Ann.

He was married in London to Mary Anne Tholen in 1858. Soon after the birth of their first child (Eleanor Maud), the family moved from Bloomsbury to Soho, where a second child (Hugh Tholen Cranston) was born in 1861, and then to St. Mary Square, Lambeth, where  further children were born (Georgine Suzanne in 1863, George William in 1864 and Barry Percy in 1865). Their children also included Kate A. (c.1864 ) and Violet Eileen (1874).

By 1881, Concanen was remarried to Ellen (21 years his junior).

Concanen is today best remembered for his covers to sheet music for popular Victorian songs which often featured portraits of music-hall stars or humorous scenes. These he produced for some twenty-five years.

Concanen died in London on 10 December 1886, aged 51. His son, Hugh, was also an artist.

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