Walpole (possibly Lucy Gertrude) (1893-1979)
This excellent portrait came to us with the previous owner's inscripiton that it had been painted by a portrait artist called Walpole in lieu of a debt, and Lucy gertrude is perhaps the most likely candidate.
As Gertrude Lucy Walpole, but known as Lucy Walpole, she was born at 10 Strathmore Gardens, Kensington, London on 14 January 1893, youngest daughter of Spencer Charles Walpole (1852-1934), a club secretary, and his wife Jessie Madeline née Nicholas (1855-1925), who married at Kingston, Surrey on 23 December 1885. In 1911, Lucy was an 18 year old, living at Springbank Westcott, Dorking, Surrey with her parents, 59 year old Spencer, who was born in Corfu, Greece, and 56 year old Madeline with siblings, Geraldine 24 and Rachel 22, both born in Kensington. Lucy studied at Walter Donne's (1867-1930) 'Parisian Studio' in London and at Brighton School of Art. A portrait and flower painter and a watercolour landscape painter, she exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters; the Royal Academy; Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Scottish Academy 1921-1940 from Church House, Lancing, Sussex in 1921, Brighton in 1929 and Ufford, Suffolk in 1935 and had solo exhibitions in Brighton, Cambridge, Woodbridge and Ipswich. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1934-1979 and exhibited from Strawberry Hill, Ufford, Woodbridge in 1934, six works 'Portrait of an Old Man', 'Nasturtiums', 'Mrs. G. H. Stevens', 'The Looking Glass' and watercolours 'Snow in Suffolk' and 'Woodbridge Mill', six works in 1935 and six in 1937 'Autumn', 'Old Woman Picking Apples', 'Rosemary dancing', 'Miss Juliet Somers' and watercolours 'Ufford' and 'The Path through the Wood', two oils in 1943 'Ufford Trees' and 'Early Spring, Ufford' and exhibited regularly and her oil 'Portrait of an Old Man' was on show at Society's centenary exhibition in 1974. In 1939, an artist living at Strawberry Hill, Ufford, Woodbridge where, as Lucy Gertrude Walpole, she died on 5 January 1979, she was unmarried
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