HEMPSON, Elizabeth

1853 - 1932

Born at Great Oakley, Essex in 1853, daughter of George Davey Hempson (1825-1874), a farmer, and his wife Emma née Wrinch, who married in the Samford district of Suffolk in 1850. In 1871 an 18 year old living at Horsley Green, Bradfield, Essex with her parents, 45 year old George, who farmed 340 acres, and 43 year old Emma. Her father had died in 1874 and in 1881 her widowed mother was living at Bradfield Lodge, Manningtree, Essex with her 22 year old son George but Elizabeth was a visitor at The Rectory, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, the home of farmer William Sabberton. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1887-1893 and exhibited from Bradfield Lodge in 1888 two paintings 'Ramsey, near Harwich' and 'Mistley', and three in 1890 'On the Shore', 'Flatford Mill' and 'Low Tide'. Afterwards she seems to have visited friends as in 1891 was living at Mistley House, High Street, Mistley, Essex, the home of Charles Taylor and his family. In 1901 a 48 year old 'living on own means' at Portishead House, Mistley, keeping a single servant and still in the same situation ten years later. She died at Mistley in 1932, aged 80, she was unmarried.