GILLIGAN, Miss Barbara Helen

1913 - 1995

Barbara & David Carr

Born in London on 3 February and baptised at St Paul, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge on 2 March 1913, daughter of Lt Col. Geoffrey Goyer Gilligan (1876-1933), a major in the army, and his wife Margaret Aline née Tidswell (20 August 1883-1972), who married in London in 1907. In 1911, they were living at Pettistree Lodge, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Geoffrey a 34 year old army reservist and 27 year Margaret, with their 8 month old daughter Bridget Aline, born St Paul’s Knightsbridge. Educated and Langford Grove School, but Barbara exhibited from Pettistree Lodge at the Ipswich Art Club in 1932 two oil paintings 'Willows' and 'Bottles' and in 1933 'The Purple Bottle' before studying at the Slade School of Fine Art 1934-1935 and at the Cedric Morris [q.v.] and Arthur Lett-Haines [q.v.] East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing at Dedham, Essex and, after the fire, at Benton End, Hadleigh, Suffolk where she met her future husband, artist David L. Carr [q.v.] and they married at Norton Radstock, Somerset in 1942 and they had three sons. In 1939 she was living at The Lodge, Pettistree, Woodbridge, Suffolk with her widowed mother Margaret and three servants and again exhibited at Ipswich Art Club in 1941 'Landscape near Hadleigh'. After her marriage the couple moved to Starston Hall, Harleston on the Suffolk-Norfolk border and had studios at Starston and in London and it was at this time that she also started to collect art and became a significant artist in the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society. Barbara was a landscape painter, a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1946-1948, from Starston, and exhibited two paintings at Cooling & Sons Gallery in 1933, had a solo shows at Leicester Galleries in 1948, the Parkin Gallery, Belgravia in 1986, Galerie Salamanda, Paris in 1987 and elsewhere abroad. (Bryan Robertson and Ronald Alley, David Carr: 'The Discovery of an Artist'). An oil painting of Barbara and her husband David Carr is in the Tate Gallery.

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