CURTIS, Vera Florence

1907 - 1997

As Vera Florence Williams, she was born at Battersea, London on 5 December 1907, youngest child of William John Williams, licensed victualler, and his wife Esther Mary née Sansbury, who married at St Pancras on 12 December 1895. In 1911 a 4 year old living at 45 Dashwood Road, Battersea with her parents, 42 year old William and 27 year old Esther and siblings, William Edward 13, Dora May 11, Esther Blanche 8 and Louise Grace 6. Vera trained at the Chelsea School of Art and married at Battersea in 1933, George Edward Curtis (1907-1995)[q.v.]. In 1939 an assistant schoolmistress living at Maghey Road, Chichester, Sussex with her husband and they came to Suffolk in 1948. In Suffolk Vera returned to painting in oil and watercolour with a special interest in landscapes. A member of the Ipswich Art Club since 1961 exhibiting in 1974 an oil 'Colour and Shadow' and from East View Cottage, Friston, Saxmundham, Suffolk in 1977 'Poppies', 'The Marshes, Snape', 'Just Gathered' and 'Roman Ruins, Italy' and two pictures the following year 'Heliopsis' and 'Study in Pink' showing three pictures in 1980 'The Wild Garden', 'Outlook Unsettled at Walberswick' and 'Night Fishing at Aldeburgh' and was a regular exhibitor and until her death. She also exhibited in London during the 1960s including at the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters; The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition where in 1964 her 'Tide Marks' was on exhibition. Her and her father retired from Belstead House, Ipswich in 1972 and moved to Friston, near Saxmundham, Suffolk. Two of her portraits, of Edmund Blunden and Professor Francis Warner, are hung at St Catherine's College Cambridge but are listed incorrectly as by Vera 'Y' Curtis. She continued to paint and exhibit until her death in the Ipswich district in 1997.





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