BELL, Lilian Russell

1866 - 1947

As Mary Lilian Russell, she was born at Huyton, Lancashire on 21 February 1866, second child and eldest daughter of Alfred Holgate Russell, a watch manufacture employing over 50 people, and his wife Jenny née Townsend, who married at Nuneaton, Warwickshire in 1864. In 1881, a 15 year old scholar living at Fairlawn, Hyton-with-Roby, Prescot, Lancashire with her parents, 41 year old Alfred and 41 year old Jenny and seven siblings, Edith 13, Cora 11, Jessie 9, Bernard A. 8, Elsie T. 6 and Pauline 4, with a governess and a further four indoor servants. Lilian studied abroad and in 1899 married at Toxteth Park, Lancashire, Oswald Notman Bell, a stockbroker's manager, and painted under the name of Lilian Russell or Lilian Russell-Bell. In 1911, a 45 year old artist, living at 2 Queen's Gardens, Muswell Hill, Hornsey, Middlesex with her 45 year old husband Oswald, a manager in a stockbroker office, with their three children, Janice Mary 11, Alfred Russell 9 and Roger Murray 7, all born at Wallasey, Cheshire. She was working in Walberswick, Suffolk during the Edwardian period and exhibited four paintings under her maiden name of Lilian Russell at the Society of Women Artists and fifty-eight under the name of Lilian Bell at the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool. Of 4 Princes Avenue, Muswell Hill, London when she died at Raglan Hall Hotel, Queens Avenue, Muswell Hill on 15 November 1947 and her husband Oswald Notman died at Kenwyn Lodge, Western Road, Fortis Green, Middlesex on 12 November 1949.






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