SMELT, Ellen Casterton

1865 - 1903

Born at Wilcot Vicarage, Wiltshire in 1865, youngest of the six children of Revd Henry Smelt (1826-1905), vicar of Wilcot, and his wife Maria née Casterton, who married at Chelsea in 1854. In 1871, a 5 year old living at Wilcot Vicarage with her parents, 45 year old Henry and 49 year old Maria with five siblings, Ada M. 15, Susie H. 14, Rowena E. 11, William M. 9, and Charles A. 8, all with the second name Casterton and born at Wilcot. Her mother died at Wilcot in 1894, aged 70, and in 1900 74 year old Henry took a new wife, 32 year old Mary Elizabeth Ratcliffe, and in 1901 Ellen was living with an 81 year old uncle Revd Maurice Smelt and his wife at Heath Lodge, Pittville Circus, Cheltenham. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1896-1897 and exhibited from 21 High Street, Ipswich in 1895 nine works 'Westminster Abbey', 'Venice Fishing Boats, Evening', 'Venice, San Giorgio, Evening', 'Torghatten and Bergen', 'Norway, Midnight Sun', a pair 'Thun, Switzerland' and 'Old Castle and Church', 'Stranvanger and Erde' and 'Fjord in the Actic Circle', her work Westminster Abbey was exhibited again in 1896 (item 139), but does not seem to have exhibited again. She married in the Bosmere district of Suffolk in 1902, Charles Mends Girling (1861-1937) and died at Barnstable, Devon the following year aged 37. Her husband married secondly at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1904 Edith Helen Hands and in 1911 was living on 'private means' at Bourton-on-Water, Gloucestershire and died in 1937.