GILLESPIE, Florence Marie Louise

1876 - 1966

As Florence Marie Louise Hughes, she was born at Notting Hill, London on 21 November 1876, probably the daughter of Edmund Hughes, city missionary, and his wife Betsey née Greenwood, who married in 1864. She married at Kingston, Surrey in 1897, Walter Gillespie and painted under the name of Florence Gillespie. In 1911 a 35 year old living at 28 Dryden Road, Wimbledon, Surrey with her 35 year old husband Walter, a builder's estimating clerk, and their four children, her husband died at Wandsworth, London in 1932, aged 56. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1937-1961 and exhibited from Dapdune Cottage, Thorpe le Soken, Essex in 1937 an oil 'Near Treviso (Nothern Italy)' and two watercolours 'Cottages in Suffolk' and 'Down South' and from the same address in 1946 'Three Little Wallflowers' and 'Over the Tiles', in 1947 'The Reader' and 'A Suffolk Windmill, in 1948 'Autumn Roses' and 'At the Back Door', in 1949 'Autumn' and 'Bluebells' and in 1950 'William' and 'Polyanthus' but in 1953 she exhibited from a residential home, Great Bromley Hall, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex two paintings 'The Old Veteran' and 'My Lady's Walk' which seem to have been the last of her exhibiting at Ipswich. She died in the Havering district of Essex in 1966, aged 91.