Anne Gaugain (1793-1863), described in the 1861 census as a fruit and flower painter, was the wife of the portrait painter Philip Augustus Gaugain. She was baptized at Kelvedon in Essex on 18 August 1793, and married Philip Augustus on 9 September 1816 at St Mary's church, Harrow on the Hill. Census returns show both living at Warren Street, Tottenham in 1841 and at Paragon Cottages in Newington in 1861. The 1851 census, however, captures Philip in Southampton and his wife at 3 St James's Place, Hampstead Road, St Pancras, in the same house (although a separate household) as the copper and steel plate printer Thomas Dixon. The firm Dixon and Ross [Thomas Ross of 4 St James's Place], established in 1833, were famed for their fine art reproductions (the surviving company archive forms the basis of Anthony Dyson, Pictures to print: the nineteenth century engraving trade, 1984). Anne Gaugain was, with her husband, one of the original subscribers to the Hants Picture Gallery. Several of her pictures, "highly creditable to her taste as a female painter" (Hampshire Advertiser, 2 July 1831), were exhibited there. These included one catalogued 'Fish' in August/September 1837. An exhibit - 'Fruit' - is recorded in the Royal Academy of Arts in 1839. She died in 1863, two years after her husband, at Newington.


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