Pimmís & Styles the Marksmen & Women c1900
Annie Pimm was born at Hampstead Heath, London. She was a member of the Southfield's Rifle Club, London she attended Bisley Championships, and won seven prizes in 1907, she must have been the youngest competitor at Bisley. She scored in one event 181 out of 200. She went to school in Antwerp Belgium, she was a ballet dancer, she once performed in front of the King of Norway, she could paint very well, when she lived at Southwold in Suffolk England, she developed small distinctive painting of scenes in Suffolk. She was courted by Huger Von Holst a bronze winner for small bore rifle shooting in the 1908 & 1912 Olympic Games, but her father William Edwin did not tell her and she married William Kensett Styles. Von Holst was very annoyed!!
Annie Pimm "Cissie" (1890-1975), William and Marie Louise's second child, attended school in Antwerp, reflecting the family connection with Belgium. That she shared her father's fixation on shooting is proved by her attainment at age 14 of the National Rifle Association marksman certificate. The illustration which follows pictures her prone at the firing line, legs spread well apart, taking deadly aim, and not at all bothered by the large beribboned hat perched on her head. As the article quotes William "the girl does shoot uncommonly well'
Annie parlayed the modelling of shooting attire into a career in clothes designing; her "charming holiday costume" featured a full-length coat in black cloth faced with velvet (the nation was in mourning for King Edward VII). The design bears her signature "Cissy Pimm".
In 1911 Annie married William Kensett Styles, the alternate rifleman chosen by her father. His family came from Thrandeston in Suffolk, where they had been known as Stile, Stiles and Styles. In 1782 John Stiles moved to Islington London. Around 1850 Dr. John Styles was a prominent Congregational clergyman who wrote pamphlets and built chapels across the country. He married three times. One of his grandsons The Revd William Jeyes Styles started the Baptist Times.
William Edwin my Great Grandfather, Born 10th of December 1864 at 4 Eglington Road, Bow, Middx, he was a well-known Victorian/Edwardian painter, he studied at Antwerp, and was lover to Louise Van Tongelen, (later divorced 1917 ref PRO) It is believed that she got pregnant, then his father James Norris said that he should get married as soon as possible. They were married at St Mary's Church Staines Middx in October 1888. William Edwin was very talented, he got commissions to paint the Lord Mayors of London, which is every year, he has had his worked displayed in the Royal Academy, and Suffolk Street galleries, He represented Great Britain in the 1980 & 1912 Olympic Games, for smallbore rifle shooting, he won Silver in 1908, and Gold in 1912 London. During the WW1 he was sent to the front lines to sketch out the German Lines on the Western Front, he lived in Alfriston Sussex, between the wars, and then he moved to Miami, Florida in 1940 from Liverpool to New York to live with his daughter 'Mieka', he died in 1952. Details of WEP sailing from the UK to NY Sailed 28th June 1940, from Liverpool to New York, his occupation was an artist, the ship was the Samaria, the official number was 145925, the master name was W C Battle the steamship line was Cunard White Star it had 788 passengers on board.
William Edwin Pimm (1864-1952). third son of James Norris Pimm and Martha, in 1904 was operating a "fine arts" shop in the Brompton Road and was living in Southfields near Wimbledon. Later he devoted himself to painting, his talent no doubt derived from the Farrer's, whom he is said to have resembled. He had a continuing commission to do portraits of the Lord Mayors of London. Three of his pictures were exhibited in the Royal Academy. He was still doing portraits up to the time of his death.
William was a skilled guitar player long before the instrument became identified with rock groups, giving memorable musical evenings for his relatives and friends. His grandson, William de Tongres Styles, was pictured in the newspaper playing the identical 150 year old guitar.
Among William's many accomplishments was figure-skating at which he was considered the best of the family. In those times the sport comprised cutting actual figures - double, triple and. quadruple jumps were unheard of. Many today would be surprised to learn that the Thames in the 1880's froze in winter. He also skated at Wimbledon Common, South London, England.
As a world-class shot William was a member of the England small bore rifle team at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics, winning two gold medals and a silver, plus a sixth place in the individual moving target event. A fellow-member of the teen' was his future son-in-law William Kensett Styles, who won a gold in 1908 and a silver in 1912. William was so addicted to this sport that before marrying his daughter Annie to Styles, he betrothed her to a member of the 1908 Swedish rifle team, a certain Johan Hubner von Holst. Perhaps Annie was annoyed at not having been consulted on this; in any case the marriage did not take place. Was this the sort of action that led Phyllis Van den Hurk to label William eccentric?
In the picture you will see 3 of William Edwin Pimmís children, Victor Lionel, Annie, Henry (Harry).