ALSTON, Mary Eliza

1839 - 1919

Born at Great Bromley, Essex on 21 October 1839, daughter of Edward John Alston (1819-1886), a brewer and merchant, and his wife Mary née Keningale (1819-1857), who married at Great Bromley on 9 August 1837 and in 1881 the family were living at Great Bromley Hall, Essex. A painter and a member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1885-1896 but exhibiting from 1882 from Great Bromley Hall, near Colchester five paintings 'A Group of Objects', 'Not Caught Yet', 'Bridge at Leatherhead, Surrey', 'Winter' and 'Loch Edive, Argylshire' exhibiting regularly including in 1883 three watercolours ‘A Woodland Path’, Evening at the Mill, Ardleigh’ and ‘Cyles Pond Bridge, Great Oakley’ and in 1884 three pictures 'Evening brings all Home-View in Ramsey, Essex', 'Old Mill-Evening' and 'Cold Winds Woke the Grey Eyed Dawn' and in 1885 a further three pictures 'Harwich from the Shotley Marina', 'Great Bromley Church, Essex' and 'The Old Hall Farm, Shotley'. Sometime after 1796 she seems to have moved to South Africa. She died, unmarried, at Hopeville, St Gardens, Cape Town on 27 December 1919 and her will was proved by Alfred Ernest Alston brewer the Attorney of Edith Harriet Alston and Alice Winifred Smith at £866 18s 1d. Many of her paintings are in the possession of her relatives.