PICKTHALL, Grace

1869 - 1962

Born at Chillesford, Suffolk on 21 October 1869, daughter of Revd Charles Grayston Pickthall (1822-1882), rector of Shudy Camps, Cambridgeshire who later moved to the rectory of Chillesford, Suffolk, and his wife Mary (1836-1904), daughter of Rear-admiral Donat Henchy O'Brien, RN(1785-1857). She was the sister of Caroline Pickthall [q.v.]. In 1891, a 21 year art student boarding at Penywern Road, Kensington, London, the home of Elise M. S. Wistney, principal of Day School and ten year later a 31 year old wood carver, boarding at 38 Fairfield Road, Weeke Within, Winchester, Hampshire, the home of Florence Alvey, a 35 year old Professor Of Music. Grace was a commercial watercolourist with some skill, one of her paintings hangs in Wantisden church, a nearby Suffolk village to Chillesford. In 1939 a retired masseuse living at 9 Upper High Street, Winchester, Hampshire where she died in 1962, aged 92, she was unmarried. She is reputed to have used the name Maud Navine Pickthall, when living in a small cottage at The Street, Chillesford in November 1924, but she was living in Winchester at this time.