HAWKINS, Maria Susan

1845 - 1914

In the three exhibition catalogues only referred to Miss Hawkins when she exhibited from Milden, near Hadleigh, Suffolk, at the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1882-1884, but in 1883 one of her paintings is listed under M. Hawkins. Eldest of the ten children of Robert Hawkins and his wife Esther née Wright, who married at Islington in 1843. In 1861, a 15 year old living at Hall Farm, Church Lane, Milden, Suffolk with her parents, 47 year old Robert, born Monks Eleigh and 41 year old Esther, born in London, and their nine children all being born at Milden. Richard died at Milden early in 1881, aged 67, and in the census of that year the Hawkins family at Hall Farm, Milden consisted of 62 year old Esther, a widow, and her six children including 31 year old George, who ran the farm. In 1882, Miss Hawkins of Milden exhibited three watercolours 'Evening', 'A Quiet Nook' and 'A Study from Nature'; in 1883 she had on show two watercolours ''Southery Wood, Lincolnshire' and 'Clipson's Pond' but in 1884 when she had a further three watercolous 'Bramford Fields from Whitton' which is by M. Hawkins, the other two were 'Lavenham and Brentfield, from Milden' and 'Winter' are by Miss Hawkins, she did not exhibit again. In 1911 Maria was a 58 year old living on private means at Incledon, Lavenham, Suffolk with two of her unmarried sisters Agnes 53 and Amy 50. As Susan Maria she died at Lavenham in 1914, aged 68, she was unmarried.