GARMAN, Kathleen [Kitty] Eleonora

1926 - 2011

Born at St Pancras, London on 27 August 1926, eldest daughter of the sculptor Jacob Epstein and his lover Kathleen Garman, who married in 1955. She studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in the late 40's under the tuition of Bernard Meninsky and was taught book illustration by John Farleigh. She married at Paddington, London in 1948, artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011), but they divorced in 1953 and on her marriage her painting took a back seat and only recommenced on her second marriage to economist and musician Wynne A. H. Godley (1926-2010) in 1955, she had a son and two daughters with Freud and a daughter with Wynne. Her picture 'Wynne's Dressing Gown' was her first work for eighteen years and was included in an exhihibition 'Kitte Garman and Co.' at New Art Gallery, Walsall in 2003-2004 which for the first time assembled three generations of artists; Kitty, Annie and Annabel Freud and May Cornet, daughter, granddaughters, and great-grandmother, daughter of sculptor Jacob Epstein, daughters and granddaughter of Lucian Freud. Noted for her delicate watercolours of objects and the environment and returned to life modelling for local art classes in East Anglia where she lived at Cavendish, Suffolk. Kitty died on 11 January 2011.