LADEN, Juliet Berry

1921 - 2003

As Juliet Berry Perkins, she was born at Little Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk on 23 January 1921, daughter of painter artist Christopher Edward Perkins [q.v.] and his wife Agnes Berry née Shaw (26 May 1888-1963), who married at St Pancras, London in 1914 and in 1939 were living at St Johns Studio, Harley Road, Hampstead, London. Juliet studied at St John's Wood Art School and at the Royal Academy Schools 1936-1939. She married at Radnorshire East in 1951 Aron Leon Laden (17 November 1912-1994) and during their marriage they lived at Brudenell House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk when Julia, as she was known, did a number of short-term jobs. She, her sister Ruth Jane (1914-2006), who was married to botanist Stephen Denis Garrett (1906-1989) with painter Julia Somerville [q.v.] and author Ronald Blythe formed a life-long circle of friends which is noted in Blythe's introduction to Somerville's exhibition at The Cinema Gallery, Aldedburgh in 2001. A member of the Ipswich Art Society and exhibited from 37 Tuddenham Avenue, Ipswich in 1990, four paintings 'Mare and Foal', 'The World of Tarot', Edge of the Jungle' and 'Gorillas Conversing' and in 1997 from 66 Newson Street, Ipswich two paintings 'Meditation in Blue' and 'Blue and Brown and in the following year an oil 'Hillside City'. She also exhibited at the New English Art Club 1958-196;, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1959; Haste Gallery, Ipswich 1967; Cambridge Arts Theatre 1974; Quay Theatre, Sudbury 1979 and John Russell Gallery, Ipswich 1989. She had solo shows at John Russell in 1989 and at M F Frames Gallery, Ipswich in 1995. She died at Cambridge in 2003.