SEWARD, Marian

1861 - 1924

As Marian Brewis, she was born at Hartlepool, Co. Durham in 1861, second child and eldest daughter of Robert Brewis, ship-owner, and his wife Phillis née Garritt, who married at Hartlepool in 1859. In 1871, a 9 year old living at Albion Terrace, Hartlepool with her parents, 62 year old Robert and 48 year old Phillis, and her elder brother, 11 year old William. She married at Darlington on 1 July 1891, Albert Charles Seward (1863-1941) later Master of Dowing College and Professor of Botany at Cambridge University, who was knighted in 1936. They purchased Old Farm Cottage, Walberswick, Suffolk but in 1901 she and her husband were staying at the Prince of Wales Hotel, Grasmere, Westmorland but in 1911 were living at Old Farm Cottage with an 8 year old daughter of their four, Mary Carole, born Cambridge. She was tutored by Alfred Rich [q.v.] at the New England Art Club and she painted a large number of watercolours of Walberswick, and a series recording the disappearance over the crumbling cliff-top of All Saints Church, Dunwich. A member of the Cambridge Drawing Society 1906-1922 of which she was also the Secretary. She died at Cambridge in 1924, her early records show her as Marian but later was known as Marion and is sometimes noted as Lady Seward, but her husband was only knighted after her death and he had remarried in 1927, Mary Adelia, daughter of James Henry Bogart, of New York city. Exhibitions of her work were at the Wolsey Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich 1994 and Walberswick Village Hall 1999.