PULLING, Phyllis Mary

1892 - 1949

Born at Kensington, London on 15 May 1892, eldest child of Alexander Pulling, barrister-at-law, and his wife Margaret Ellen née Bealey, who married at Kensington in 1891. In 1911, an 18 year old art student at the London School of Art from where she won a scholarship for life drawing, living at 6 Prince of Wales Terrace, Kensington with her parents, 53 year old Alexander and 47 year old Margaret, with four siblings Jean King 16, Norah Tempse 15, Stella Margaret 12 and George Bealey 9. She progressed her studies at the St John's Wood School of Art and at South Kensington, and was a painter, poster artist in watercolour and tempera. Before moving to Cornwall she was living at Whitestone, Exeter and was a member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1930-1939, exhibiting in 1930 from 111 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London two watercolours 'Kersey' and 'A South African Garden' and in 1931 two further watercolours 'The Still Room, Alston Court, Nayland' and 'The Court Yard, Alston Court, Nayland' and from 3 Piazza Studios, St Ives, Cornwall (with tickets to be sent c/o Miss Edge [q.v.], Stour House, Nayland, Suffolk) in 1933 on oil 'Portrait of a Young Girl' and two watercolours 'A Little House in Rye' and 'Withermarsh Green' and in 1934 from Cornwall 'Alston Court, Nayland; and a 'Portrait', 1935 four oils 'Willows', 'Cornish Roofs', 'The Garden, Wiston Mill' and 'Pea Pickers' which she had exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1934. In 1936 she exhibited four works 'Kersey', 'Blue Grass near Cape Town', 'The Water Butt, Wormingford' and 'A Farm Yard, Wormingford' and in 1937 she exhibited four paintings, an oil 'The Kaisergebirge, Tyrol' and three watercolours 'Majorca', 'The Mill Pond, Boxford' and 'The Deserted Cottage, Stoke-by-Nayland' and a regular exhibitor from London or Cornwall. Also a member of the St Ives Society of Artists 1932-1940 and in 1939 an artist living at Newey Lelant, St Ives, Cornwall with her artist uncle Eduard Wellington Pulling with whom she travelled abroad in 1926 and 1930, to paint and with whom she resided when in London or Cornwall. In 1940 Phyllis moved back to London and she died at Kensington, London in 1949, aged 57, she was unmarried. She also had exhibits at the 1924 Wembley Exhibition and at the Royal Academy 1927-1947.