KIRKPATRICK, Ethel Alice

1869 - 1966

Ethel Alice Kirkpatrick was born at Cold Bath Fields Prison, Clerkenwell, London on 30 November 1869, where her father, who had previously been in army in India, was the resident prison governor, seond daughter of Thomas Sutton Kirkpatrick of Coolmine, Dublin (1833-1895) and his wife Mary Ann Rosa née Marriott (1844-1939) of London. She was the younger sister of Ida Marion Kirkpatrick [q.v.]. Ethel studied at West London and Kensington Schools of Art and for a short time at Académie Julian in Paris, she also attended London's Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1899, where she studied enamelling and woodcut. From 1878 the family lived in Exeter, Devon, where their father was the Governor of Exeter Prison and was later governor of Newgate Prison in London to be followed by the same position at Wormwood Scrubs before retiring in 1892 to their house, The Gables at Harrow on the Hill. The two sister travelled widely and were regular visitors to St Ives, Cornwall in the 1890's and at Walberswick, Suffolk between 1896-1921 particularly with extended stays 1907-1913. Their father had died in 1895 and a large studio was built at the rear of The Gables for the sisters and where they continued to live. In 1939 Ethel and unmarried sister Ida, were living at The Gables, Grove Hill, Harrow. Ethel produced paintings and woodcut work in colour, exhibiting at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibitions twelve times 1895-1941 sixteen paintings in all and frequently at the Alpine Club Gallery and with the Society of Women Artists and elsewhere. She died at Harrow on 28 December 1966, aged 97, she was unmarried.




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