GRIBBLE, Eleanor Mary Harbourne

1883 - 1960

Eleanor Gribble

As Eleanor Mary Woolmer, she was born at Homerton, London on 9 September 1883, daughter of Alfred Henry Woolmer, a woollen draper's assistant, and his wife Mary Louise née Ensor, who married at Hackney, Essex in 1882. About 1890 the family came to Ipswich and lived at Cauldwell Avenue and in 1911, Eleanor was a 27 year old teacher and art student living at 18a Lower Brook Street, Ipswich with her 57 year old father, by then a travelling photographer, and 50 year old mother, a boarding house keeper, with two of her six surviving, of eight, siblings, George Henry 17 and Alice Louise 15, both born at Ipswich. Eleanor was educated at Ipswich and studied at the Ipswich School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London where she became a bronze medalist. In 1915 as Eleanor Woolmer was a member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club and she married at Ipswich in 1918, Ernest Robert Gribble [q.v.], a cabinet maker, son of John Gribble (1850-1931). She continued membership of the art club but from 1919 as Eleanor Gribble, and was secretary of the Club from 1924 until 1939, and remained a member until her death. She exhibited from 4 Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich in 1927 a silver point sketch 'The River Blyth, Walberswick', a pencil 'Tide Out, Nacton shore', and two watercolours 'At Blakenham' and 'Tide Worn' and in 1941 had six works on display, 'E. Thomas Johns, Esq. FRIBA', 'Portrait Study', 'Afternoon Sunshine', a chalk drawing 'The New Dolly' a print 'Fight the Good Fight' and another 'Love came Down' and in 1942 'A War Bride', 'Alan, sketched just before leaving for the Middle East' and 'Framlingham Castle, Suffolk' and in 1943 'Where Bombs had Fallen, Spring Returns', and oil 'Floral Decoration' and a pastel 'The Blue Frock'. She was also a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle in 1932, from Ipswich. Eleanor taught at Ipswich School of Art, designer for furniture manufacturer's Frederick Tibbenham's of Ipswich and ran her own private studio school. She exhibited at Tibbenham's Gallery, Brook Street, Ipswich in 1943 'The Tower Mill', 'From St Louis', 'Suffolk Farmyard' and 'The Black Lace Mantilla', in 1944 'The Sentinals' and three pastels 'In Pensive Mood', 'Maurice' and 'Cley Mill, Norfolk'. Eleanor also exhibited at Royal Cambrian Society 1932-1936 from the re-numbered 17 Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich, she also exhibited at Royal Academy, Society of Women Artists and Queen Mary purchased a print by her 'The First Christmas Morning'. Eleanor died at Ipswich in 1960 and husband Ernest, followed her in 1964, aged 79. At the centenary exhibition of the Ipswich Art Club in 1974 her pastel portrait of 'E. T. James, F.R.I.B.A.' was on display. She is often conflated with Eleanor Mabel Gribble, the wife of Bernard Emmanuel Finnigan Gribble[q.v.].




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