PEEL, Julia Maud

1844 - 1939

Born at Paddington, London in 1844, daughter of Jonathan Peel (1806-1885) and his wife Mary née Wilde, who married at Uckfield, Sussex in 1838, the family were extremely wealthy and Maud, as she was known, was the niece of prime minister Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850) and was named after his wife Julia. In 1851, a 7 year old living at Knowlmere Hall, Newton, Clitheroe, Lancashire with her 38 year old mother and three siblings, and they kept thirteen indoor servants and she was still living at Knowlmere Hall in 1881 with her 76 year old widowed father and her two unmarried sisters, Mary Ann 41 and Edith 33. Her father died at Knowlmere in 1885 when she seems to have promoted her painting as one of the 'Herkomer Ladies' of Bushey, Hertfordshire and was tutored in Walberswick, Suffolk in 1893 by Charles Lasar (1856-1936) when she painted 'The River, Walberswick' and 'The Hamlet at Evening, Walberswick' which were exhibited at the Dudley Art Society in 1895. She exhibited widely, showing at the Royal Society of British Artists from Swaledale, Yorkshire in 1884 'Barges on the Thames' and 'Carnations' also exhibiting at the Royal Academy and the Society of Woman Artists. In 1901 she was living with her cousin, 57 year old Hester Ann Curteis Peel, a widow, at Heronden, Tenterton, Kent but by 1911 had purchased 'The Armoury' at Winchelsea, Sussex living 'on private means' with two servants and was very active in local affairs. She died at Hastings, Sussex in 1939, aged 95, and was unmarried.




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