BLAKESLEY, Alicia

1861 - 1939

Alicia Blakesley, was born at Ware, Hertfordshire in 1861, youngest daughter of the ten children of Revd Joseph Williams Blakesley (1808-1885), vicar of Ware, and his wife Margaret Wilson née Holmes of Bungay, Suffolk, who married at Bungay on 21 August 1845. In 1871, a 10 year old living at Ware Street Vicarage, Ware with her parents, 63 year old Joseph and 48 year old Margaret and her nine siblings, George 24, Margaret 22, Philip 20, John 18, William 16, Elizabeth 14, Mary 12, Arthur 7 and Edmund 2, all born at Ware and each son had the second name of Holmes. Her father was promoted as Dean of Lincoln in 1872, and her mother died at Lincoln on 28 July 1880, aged 57. In 1881, they were living at 23 Fopstone Road, Kensington, London and her father died at The Deanery, Lincoln on 18 April 1885, aged 77. A member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1897-1912, exhibiting three oil painting from 15 Stanley Crescent, Kensington, London in 1898,'Les Autelets-Sark', 'Sunset-Sark' and 'View of Little Sark', she also exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1893 'The Back Door' and at the Royal Academy in 1896 'When we were First Acquent'. In 1901, she was living 'on own means' with two of her unmarried sisters, Margaret and Mary, at Kensington. She died at 'Chestnuts', Aston Tirrold, Berkshire on 25 February 1939, aged 78, she was unmarried.




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