Francis Stanfield

STANFIELD, Francis. b. probably at Camden, London, 5 November 1835; d. Clapton, east London, 12 May 1914. His family lived at Camden from 1832 to 1839. He was the son of Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867), the theatrical and landscape painter, and friend of Charles Dickens. Clarkson Stanfield became an increasingly devout Roman Catholic in his later years. Two of his children, Francis and Raymund, became Catholic priests. Francis, a convert to Catholicism like his father, was ordained in 1860 and worked as a priest in the Diocese of Westminster. He published Catholic Hymns (Part I, 1858, Part II, 1860). Four of his hymns were in The Holy Family Hymns (London, Dublin and Derby, 1860): ‘O...

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