HAWARD, Elsie Emily

1880 - 1956

As Elsie Emily Birkin, she was born at Head Street, Halstead, Essex on 28 November 1880, daughter of John Birkin, cordwainer, and his wife Anna née Buckle, who married at Wetherden, Suffolk in 1864. In 1901, a 20 year old milliner living at 31 Head Street, Halstead with her 61 year old widowed father John, born Bow, London and her three sibling sisters. She married at Ipswich in 1910, Arthur William Haward and their son was Birkin Haward (1912-2002)[q.v.]. A watercolour landscape painter and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1927-1956 and at one time was on the committee and exhibited from 28 St Edmunds Road, Ipswich in 1927 four watercolours 'Old Maltings, Fore Street', 'Flatford Bridge in Spring', 'The Blyth from Walberswick Common' and 'Still Life Group' and in 1933 from Broad Beech, Belstead Road, Ipswich she had on show six watercolours 'Summer Flowers', 'Old Barn, Tuddenham', 'In Dock', 'Dunsford, Devon', 'A Glimpse of the Orwell' and 'St Margaret's Plain' and was a regular exhibitor. In 1939 she was still living at Belstead Road, Ipswich with her husband Arthur (2 February 1882-1942) and son Birkin Haward [q.v.]. She exhibited in 1942 six works 'Dockside', 'Azalea Mollis', St Margarets Plain', 'Water' and 'Cley, Norfolk' and six in 1943 'Cretingham, Suffolk', 'Framsden Mill', 'Byroad, Black Notley', 'Farm Buildings, Earl Soham', 'A Cotswold Cottage' and 'Harlech' and five in 1944 'Anenomes', Near Llanbeder, North Wales', 'The Cornfield', 'A Corner of Earl Soham' and 'Kersey Street'. Her watercolour 'Corfe Castle' was shown at the centenary exhibition of Art Club in 1974. She also exhibited at Tibbenham's Gallery, Brook Street, Ipswich in 1943 'Framlingham Castle' and 'The Vale of Festiniog' also exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour 1936-1940 from Broad Beech, Belstead Road, Ipswich. Her husband died at Ipswich in 1942, aged 60 and Elsie died at Braintree, Essex in 1956, aged 75.