SEARLE, Emma Elizabeth

1846 - 1929

Born at Greenwich, London in 1846, eldest child of James Searle, corn dealer, and his first wife Emma Catherine née Dix, who married at West London in 1845. In 1851, a 4 year old living at London Street, Greenwich with her parents, 30 year old James and 27 year old Emma and by 1861 they had moved to 9 Burney Street, Greenwich with the addition of a son Walter, born in 1856. In 1871, young Emma was working in her father's corn business and her mother was a schoolmistress, still at Burney Street and where her mother died in 1875, aged 52 and the following year her father took a second wife, Elizabeth Harris. In 1881, Emma was a 35 year old artist in painting living at 163 Greenwich Road, Greenwich with her 60 year old father, now a clerk at a brewery, her 39 step-mother Elizabeth and brother Walter, also a brewery clerk. A member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1883-1886, exhibiting from 163 Greenwich Road, Greenwich in 1881 five paintings, 'A Quiet Nook, Ferry Lane, Dorking' and watercolours 'A study in the London Hospital', 'Look, my Doggie', 'Alone' and 'Eltham Bridge, Kent' and seven in 1882 including 'The Thames, Streatley', and watercolours 'Roman Catholic Church, Crooms Hill, Greenwich', 'Greenwich Hospital from Enderby's Wharf', 'Still Life', 'Blackheath Entrance to Greenwich Park', 'The Little Cricketer' and on ivory 'The Christmas Dinner' and her last exhibits were in 1883 'Greenwich Road, Greenwich', 'A Landscape' and two designs for a Book Cover and a design for a Christmas Card. By 1891 they had returned to 40 Burney Street, Greenwich where Emma was variously an artist or artist teacher of painting for the next twenty years, and she died at Greenwich in 1929, aged 82, she was unmarried.