EDGE, Helga Violet

1885 - 1976

Helga Violet Edge was born at Kensington, London on 14 December 1885 and baptised on 18 February 1886, youngest of the one son and four daughters of Sir John Edge (1841-1926), an Irish and English barrister, and his wife Laura, youngest daughter of Thomas Loughborough, solicitor, of Selwood Lodge, Tulse Hill, Surrey, who married on 18 September 1867. She spent the early part of her life in India where her father was Chief Justice at Allahabad and then studied at Cheltenham College, then, against her father's wishes, studied art taking a job on a chicken farm to pay for art lessons. In 1911, a 25 year old living at The Banks, Robertsbridge, Battle, Sussex with her parents, 69 year old Sir John and 62 year old Laura. During the First World War she served as a Red Cross Nurse and was sent to Egypt in 1917, where she filled many sketchbooks with views of Middle Eastern life. After the war, she continued her art training and was accepted at the Royal College of Art in South Kensington. After college, Helga Edge travelled extensively practicing her craft and teaching art to art students. Helga and her widowed mother moved to Stour House, Nayland, Suffolk, where her 88 year old mother died in 1936 and from where Helga was a member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1929-1953 showing four watercolours in 1932 including 'Near Bures', 'Hoo Hill', 'Mount Bures' and 'September Evening' and two etched bookplates, in 1933 four works 'Mount Bures', 'September Evening' and two etched bookplates and in 1935 a watercolour 'Kersey'. In 1940 she was in lodgings at Cooperstown, Otsego, New York, the home of Margorie F Murray, when she accepted an invitation to remain and teach painting to adults. Helga had a long career teaching in the local Adult Education Programme and in five school districts in Otsego County, establishing her home and studio in the old Toddsville Schoolhouse. She wrote a book, 'Painting For You, Notes on Painting in Oils' 1954 and a second book, 'Painting For You, Book II, A Reference Book for the Artist', was published just before her death. In the mid-1960s she founded the Brush and Palette Club, which held fine art exhibitions, ran a gallery during the summer and hosted an outdoor arts and crafts sales. She died at Otsego, New York in April 1976, she was unmarried. In 1981 a retrospective exhibition was mounted 'Helga V. Edge, Paintings & Prints' which was sponsored by the Delaware County Council on the Arts.







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