HOCKEY, Sarah Fanny

1875 - 1939

Born at Lambeth, London in 1875, daughter of William Henry Hockey (1842-1906), doorkeeper at the Home Office, and his wife Rhoda Elizabeth née Niblow (1846-1910), who married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1871. In 1881, a 5 year old living at 168 Camberwell Road, Lambeth with her parents, 38 year old Henry and 35 year old Rhoda, with six siblings. In 1891, she and her two younger sisters, Effie and Mary, were boarder at a high school at Alexandra House, Market Street, Cookham, Berkshire run by Arablla Hinton. In 1901, a 25 year old lithographic artist living with her family, now at 268 Vauxhall Buildings Road, Hanover Square, London, and in 1911 was a 34 year old miniature artist lodging at 7 Mount Ephraim Road, Streatham, London, the home of Donald Wallace Doughty, a 52 year old schoolmaster, and his family. She was an aunt to composer Benjamin Britten and painted a miniature of him in 1922 from 21 Kirkley Cliff Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1924-1925 and exhibited from 88 Berners Street, Ipswich in 1924, this was the home of William Hockey, six items 'Beth, younger daughter of R. V. Britten, Esq.', 'Miss Letitia Withall', 'Mrs William Poynts Blandy', a case of four miniature portraits, case of miniatures of 'Baby' and 'The Gypsey' and a miniature 'W. H. Hockey, Esq.'. She died in Surrey mid-eastern district in 1939, aged 64, she was unmarried. (Selected Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten. 2011)




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