BROWTON, Jessie Mabel

1882 - 1971

Born at 'Pen Y Bryn', Bushey Grove, Bushey, Hertfordshire on 24 September 1882, only child of James Dudley Browton, a coal merchant, and his wife Hester née [?] who married at Watford in 1881. By 1901 her father was a 51 year old farm bailiff living at Park Gate, The Avenue, Bushey with his 42 year old wife and 18 year old Jessie, now an art pupil teacher. In 1911 a 28 year old art teacher, a guest at 26 Severn Street, Leicester, the home of 82 year old widow Sarah Ann Craven and her 49 year old daughter and in early 1930's was living at 50 Manor Road, Stoke Newington, London where she was principally known as a figure painter and about which time she moved to Walberswick, Suffolk. In 1939 an art school teacher, living at 70 Brockswood Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire with a widowed lady domestic. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1947-1956 and exhibited from Blythwye Cottage, Walberswick in 1947 two watercolours 'Bob Cross's Hut, Walberswick' and 'The Old Pier, Walberswick' and in 1949 'November Roses' and a still life 'Iris Stylosa' she was a regular exhibitor up until 1953 when she showed two pictures 'The Limestone Platform, Malham, Yorkshire' and 'Green Apples'. She was a prolific topographical watercolour artist around her home in Suffolk and also exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1933 'The Knitter'. She died in the Ipswich district on 20 May 1971, she was unmarried. Southwold Museum hold a good collection of her paintings, and also holds the 'Browton Diaries', a village journal that she kept for many years, recording both major and minor events.

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