Research by Marjorie Gregson
Frederick Treasure was an art dealer in Lytham. He was born in Preston in 1870, the eighth of ten children, to Benjamin Levi Treasure (1831-1895) and Susanna Treasure (1835-1900). Benjamin was described as an auctioneer and valuer on the 1891 census and Frederick as a book-keeper. They lived at 27 Lancaster Road, Preston.
Frederick married Jane Howarth in 1897 and they had a son, Frederick Leighton Treasure, born in Perthshire in 1898. In 1901, and living
in Middlesex, Frederick was described as a commercial traveller in Singer sewing machines. By 1911 Frederick and family were living at
8 Oxford Street, Lytham, with Frederick's occupation being given as a commercial traveller in brushes.
Frederick Leighton Treasure married Marjorie Crossley in 1925 on the Fylde and they had a daughter, Elizabeth, born 1930, and a son, John Frederick, born 1935.
Frederick Treasure Senior donated the following four prints on 24 December 1945, described as 'gallery pictures' by Stephen Sartin in his catalogue of the Collection (August 2001):
Acc no 211 The Countess of Oxford by John Hoppner (after), 1758-1810
Acc no 213 Mrs Catherine Derwent by George Romney (after),1734-1802 - coloured print
Acc No 214 Mrs Jordan by John Hoppner (after) 1871-1949
Acc no 215 The Nest by John Everett Millais (after) 1829-1896
He died in 1949 and his wife, Jane, died in 1953 in Resthaven Nursing Home, St Annes.
In conversation, Elizabeth, now Mrs John Cooke, confirmed that her grandfather was an antiques dealer but had no information on the donated paintings.
Fred Leighton Treasure wrote a book entitled 'This is My Life 1898-1975'.
He served in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I and took over the
antiques business on the death of his father.
The Nest by John Everett Millais (after)