Research by Marie Riley
Jane Peretz of Chatsworth Road, St Annes, donated A Country Track in the Moonlight in 1938, along with Beach Scene, Morecambe Bay, also by Percy Brooke.
Mrs Peretz was born Jane Earnshaw Hamilton in Haslingdon in 1871. Her father, like Percy Brooke’s father, was an ironmonger.
In 1897 she married Edward Peretz, a teacher of German and music. Edward was born in 1864. His parents were Polish. (1)
The Peretzes spent several years in Blackburn but moved to Lytham St Annes some time after 1911 where he taught alongside Walter Eastwood, a local artist, who has several paintings in the Lytham St Annes Art Collection. Edward died in 1930 and was buried at Lytham Cemetery.
In 1934, in a list of residents of Lytham St Annes, Jane, now widowed, was listed not just at Chatsworth Road but also at Phillips (Tailors) Ltd, 43 Clifton Street, Lytham. This premise was also listed under the name of Philip Goldstone. It may be that Jane worked there, but it is unusual to see a resident listed at their workplace, which suggests that perhaps she had a share in this business. (2)
Jane died in 1943. She had no children.
Jane’s other donation, Beach Scene, Morecambe Bay, acc no 32, is also missing, although in 2001 it was recorded by Stephen Sartin to have last been located in the rent collection department at Fylde Borough Council. (3)
A Country Track in the Moonlight is the only remaining work in the Collection by Percy Brooke.
(1) Details of Jane and Edward Peretz have been obtained from census records:
1891 Census Piece 3353 Folio 115 Page No 2
1901 Census Piece 3907 Folio 5 Page No 1
1911 Census Piece 25031 22 Wellington St (St Johns) Blackburn
Edwards burial record is incorrectly recorded under the name of Perety http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=81922108&ref=acom
(3) Stephen Sartin Catalogue (2001)