EATON, Ellen Mary Maria

1865 - 1949

Known as Nellie Eaton, she was born at Chelsea, London on 23 August 1865, daughter of Henry Eaton, a chief clerk in insurance, and his wife Mary Maria née Bayly, who married at Chelsea in 1855. Educated at Kensington and in 1871, a 5 year old on a visit to Markham Square, Chelsea, the home of Richard Dixon, a commercial clerk, together with her parents, 51 year old Henry and 50 year old Mary, but her father died at Kensington in 1874, aged 54 and in 1881 Nellie was a 15 year old student staying with her 64 year old unmarried uncle, William Bayly, on a private income, at 47 Russell Road, Kensington. In 1891 her and her 70 year old mother were living at 88 Warwick Gardens, Kensington but by 1901 they had moved to 3 Minnis Road, Birchington, Kent. Her mother died at Kensington, London in 1907, aged 86, when Nellie moved to Watmer Hall, Sturry, near Canterbury, Kent. An acknowledged amateur artist, having a fine command of pen-and-ink drawings and water-colour paintings who exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions; the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour; Royal Society of British Artists; Grosvenor Galleries; Glasgow and elsewhere. She was an independent and somewhat eccentric character and a member and regular exhibitor at Ipswich Art Club from 1919 until her death, including in 1923 watercolours 'Swanage', 'Friary, Beveley' and 'Minster, Beveley'; in 1927 'Mill Pond', 'Wharfside, Maldon' and 'Sandpit, Witham'; 1932 'Ely', 'Suffolk Coast', 'The Quay, Yarmouth' and 'The Open Door, Ely' in 1943 'Battle Abbey', 'Warden Point' and 'Covehithe' and 1944 'Salhouse' and 'Great Yarmouth Church' with her favourite painting locations were around Canterbury, the Kent coast, Romney Marsh, the Medway near Rochester and the East Anglia coast. She was also a member of the Woodpecker Art Club, later the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle, 1922-1947 from Sturry. In 1939 she was living at Wholmer Hall, Island Road, Bridge Blean, Kent where she died in 1949, aged 83. She was unmarried and her last wishes were that her capital assets should be used to benefit artists, nurses and gentlewomen and after her death, most of her properties were sold and, in 1954, the Eaton Fund for Artists, Nurses and Gentlewomen became a registered charity, with the aim of giving comfort and support to people in these groups.

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