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Emma Peachey (Church)

Birthplace: Harwich, Essex, England (United Kingdom)
Death: December 22, 1875 (63-72)
St. Marylebone, Greater London, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Miller Church and Mary Amey Church
Wife of Thomas Peachey
Sister of Rebecca Eleanor Church and Fanny Church

Occupation: Artiste to her Majesty, Queen Victoria
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About Emma Peachey

5.  Emma7 Church (James Miller6, Benjamin5–4, Edward3, Benjamin2, Richard1), daughter of James Miller6 Church, was born in Harwich, Essex, England, about 1807.[91] She died in St. Marylebone, London, 22 December 1875.

Emma married in Brighthelmston 21 May 1828, Thomas Peachey. He was baptized in Pagham, Sussex, 31 May 1801, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Horn) Peachey. He was buried in Highgate Cemetery, in St. Pancras, London, 4 December 1856.

Child of Thomas and Emma7 (Church) Peachey:

  • i. Sarah Emma Peachey, bp. Brighthelmston 20 March 1829;[101] bur. Twineham, Sussex, 18 June 1832.

From the Fall 2016 edition of the NEHG Register (Volume 170), link (American Ancestors membership needed to view) by Michael Leclerc:

"Thomas and Emma lived for many years at 35 Rathbone Place, St. Marylebone. After Thomas’ death, Emma made her living creating wax flowers. Shortly after Victoria became Queen, Emma called at Buckingham Palace with a beautiful display for her. This lead to a Royal Warrant to create these wax displays that brought her credit as the primary driving force behind these popular Victorian-era decorations.
"In preparation for the Great Exhibition in 1851, she wrote a book (dedicated to the Princess Royal and the Queen) about creating wax flowers. In it she states that “a spirit of loyalty had been fostered in me from my earliest infancy; and a pardonable glow of pleasure always animates me, at the remembrance that I am the daughter of an old officer, who served as surgeon in the British army the long period of fifty years.”She unfortunately made no allusion to her mother. Examples of wax flowers are still on display in Queen Mary’s Room in the royal retreat at Frogmore that may be Emma’s work. Although successful for a time, this style of decorating fell out of fashion during the 1870s and 1880s. When Emma died at the end of 1875, her estate was worth less than £300.

  • Emma Peachey | The Royal Guide to Wax Flower Modelling | The Met Written and published by Mrs. Emma Peachey | The Royal Guide to Wax Flower Modelling | The Met. (2017). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, i.e. The Met Museum. Retrieved 20 February 2017, from
  • More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Wax Flowers. (2017). Retrieved 20 February 2017, from
  • Queen Mary's Flower Room, Frogmore House link
    • "A circular wicker basket filled with moss from which issue coloured wax flowers with a handle of wire covered with fuchsia and mornoing glory; on a brown velvet pad upon a moulded circular gilt wood base with three flattened bun feet, under glass."
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Emma Peachey's Timeline

Harwich, Essex, England (United Kingdom)
December 22, 1875
Age 68
St. Marylebone, Greater London, England (United Kingdom)