PEARSON, Blanche Alice

1863 - 1945

Born at Hemingstone Hall, near Ipswich, Suffolk in 1863, daughter of James Pearson, landed proprietor & fund holder, and his wife Augusta Alice née Godfrey, who married at Totnes, Devon in 1846. The Pearsons' spent their early years of their marriage in Victoria, Australia where five of their children were born between 1849 and 1856 and on their return lived at Hemingstone Hall where their son David John was born in 1859 followed by Blanche. The family left Hemingstone sometime after 1863 and in 1871, when young 7 year old Blanche was a pupil/boarder at Chandos House, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich, the family were living at Vanburgh Park, Greenwich where her father James died in 1872, aged 73. In 1881, 17 year old Blanche was living at 47 Anerley Park, Penge, Surrey with her 61 year old widowed mother and they were still there in 1891. Blanche was a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1891 and exhibited from 47 Anerley Park in 1890 'A Rainy Day', in 1891 'Pansies' and in 1893 'Field Flowers' and 'Chrysanthemums' all watercolours. She married at Lewisham in 1894, Revd Mason Cornish Wells (1868-1915) and in 1901 living at 46 Tweedy Road, Bromley, Kent with her 33 year old husband but in 1911 Blanche was staying at the St Andrews Club, 27-35 Mortimer Street, London with several ladies from Suffolk. Her husband died at Norwich, Norfolk in 1915, aged 47 and in 1939 Blanche was living at 29 Salisbury Road, Worthing, Sussex where she died in 1945, aged 82.