GARRETT, Elsie

1869 - 1959

Elsie Garrett

As Elsie Garrett, she was born at The Rectory, Church Street, Elton, Derbyshire on 25 April 1869, twin with John Herbert Garrett, of Revd John Fisher Garrett, rector of Elton, who was born at Bramfield, Suffolk, and his wife Mary née Gray, who was born at Grantham, Lincolnshire. Elsie, with her twin brother John Herbert, were baptised at Elton on 16 January 1870. In 1871, living at Elton Rectory with her parents, 67 year old John and 39 year old Mary, with her three siblings, Mary Amy 8, Fydell Edmund 5 and John Herbert 1. Elsie studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London and in Florence, before teaching at Bedales, which was founded by her brother-in-law John Badley (1865-1967), who had married in 1892 her sister Mary Amy and, like her Garrett relations, Elsie was active in the suffragete movement. A landscape and portrait painter in oil and watercolour, and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1895-1896 and exhibited a total of nine works from Ipswich. The subjects included local views such as a watercolour in 1895 ‘On the Gipping’ and in 1896 an oil ‘Willie Lott’s Cottage’. She married at East Preston, Sussex in 1898, Charles Emmanuel Rice (1865-1949), headmaster of King Alfred's School, Hampstead, and in 1901 Elsie was a school teacher, living at 3 Garden Flat, Fitzjohns Avenue, Hampstead, London with her family. By 1911, now Elsie Garrett Rice, a 41 year old art teacher, living at Steep Cote, Hampshire with her husband, 45 year old schoolteacher, Charles and two children, Gabriel Edmund 11 and Agnes Rosemary 10, both born at Hampstead. Elsie, estranged from her husband, emigrated to South Africa in 1933 and living at Rondebosch and later lived at Camps Bay with her daughter Rosemary Agnes Hawthorne and son-in-law Dr Charles Barnard Hawthorne, who married at Coventry in 1923, and emigrated to the Cape in 1934. Elsie died at Cape Town, South Africa on 2 July 1959. She illustrated 'Wild Flowers of The Cape of Good Hope' (1951).











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