In 1909 it was announced that Mrs. Brown Potter had definitely decided to retire from the stage after over a quarter of a century of theatrical work. Born in New Orleans, she first appeared on the stage in the United States as an amateur, chiefly in society performances on behalf of charities, for which she was the means of raising over 10,000. Then, in 1886, she came to London, and made her debut at the Hay-market as Anne Sylvester in "Man and Wife," by Wilkie Collins, who was so impressed with her performances that he wrote, "You are my dear Anne Sylvester as I dreamed her, and as I have imagined her." Many tours followed, and Mrs. Potter again proved herself a good fairy when, on the outbreak of the Boer War, she took a leading part in organising the arrangements which subsequently led to the hospital ship Maine being presented to Queen Victoria by the ladies of America. She also raised many thousands of pounds for the war funds by reciting Kipling's " Absent-minded Beggar." Mrs. Potter was only twenty when she married Mr. James Brown Potter, a marriage which was dissolved in 1903. Her daughter Fifi married Mr. James Stillman, son of the Standard Oil banker. The growing of flowers forms Mrs. Brown Potter's chief recreation at her beautiful old-fashioned home, Ye Olde Bridge House, Staines.

Mrs. Brown Potter Foulsham & Banfield

Mrs. Brown Potter Foulsham & Banfield

Mrs. Brown Potter Foulsham & Banfield

Mrs. Brown Potter Foulsham & Banfield