The Painters

Edwin Lewis’ younger sister Frances Amelia was born in Stepney in 1840, a year after Edwin. James made several portraits of his youngest daughter. Three of these, from the private family collection of one of her descendants, are reproduced below by kind permission of the owner.

In June 1860 Frances Amelia married George Self (1837-1887) at St Mary’s Church, Stratford Le Bow. They had five daughters: Fanny Emily Self (born 1862 in Poplar); Kate Anne Self (born 1866 in Tower Hamlets); Amy Edith Self (born 1873 in West Ham); Jessie Meadows Self (born 1876 in West Ham); and Nellie Hilda Self (born 1878 in West Ham). The photos of George and his daughters are reproduced below by kind permission of Lesley Hayward, Nellie Self’s granddaughter.