COTTAM, Alice May

1899 - 1995

Alice May Cottam was born at The Cottage, 63 Gillingham Road, Gillingham, Kent on 31 May 1899, daughter of Frederick Matthew Cottam, an engineer commander in the Royal Navy, and his wife Sarah Jane née Hayward, who married at Portsea Island, Hampshire in 1894. In 1911, Alice was an 11 year old living at 251 Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent with her 54 year old mother Alice, her father was visiting his brother John Joseph Cottam at Portsmouth. A painter in oil and watercolour and an Associate of the Royal College of Arts and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1928-1963, exhibiting from 87 Anglesea Road, Ipswich in 1932 water colours 'Evening', 'Dorset Coast', 'High Tide in the Cove' and 'Lulworth, Dorset'. She married at Ipswich in 1932, John Lewis Palmer [q.v.] when she worked under the names of A. M. Cottam, Alice May Palmer or Mrs J Lewis Palmer, but exhibiting in 1933 still under the name of Cottam from Vine Cottage, Crabbe Street, Ipswich, an oil 'The Kimono' and watercolours 'The Butter Market, Ipswich', 'Old Town Hastings', 'The Yellow Kitchen' and an aquatint 'The Gossips' and in 1935 she exhibited as Miss A. M. Cottam (Mrs Palmer), three works 'Primroses' and watercolours 'Norah' and 'The Market Place, Siena'. By 1937 she was exhibiting from 6 Middlefields, Colchester Road, Halstead, Essex, two works both 'Portrait'. In 1939 was still living at Halstead and exhibited in 1941 one picture 'Barbara' and in 1943 as Mrs A. M. Palmer two works 'Jane' and 'Polly'. In 1950 she exhibited from 3 Hubert Road, Colchester, Essex an oil 'Spring Landscape, Colne Engaine, Essex' and in 1951 a watercolour 'The Old Church, Birch, near Colchester'. They later moved to Halifax, Yorkshire where she died in 1995.