HOLDEN, Miss Ethel Lofft

1860 - 1938

Born at Ipswich in 1860, daughter of Revd Hubert Ashton Holden (1822-1896), headmaster of Queen Elizabeth school at Ipswich 1858-1883, and his wife Letitia, daughter of R E Lofft of Troston Hall, who married at Troston, Suffolk in 1854. A figure and landscape painter who in 1881 exhibited ‘Study at Low Tide’ at Ipswich Fine Art Club from School House, Henley Road, Ipswich and in 1882 she exhibited at the Bury & West Suffolk Fine Art Society three pictures 'Reeds', 'Water Lilies' and 'Bullrushes' and the following year a picture of her uncle and another 'Bavarian Girl'. She also exhibited her 'Dame of the Primrose League' at the Society of Women Artists in 1885, from 20 Redcliffe Square, London to where her father had retired in 1883. In 1891, a 30 year old living at 20 Redcliffe Square, Kensington with her parents, 68 year old Hubert and 61 year old Letitia, and her four siblings, all born at Ipswich. She married at Kensington in 1893, Charles Stewart Douglas Wade and in 1901 was living at The Grove, Common Hill, Saffron Walden, Essex with her 36 year old husband, a solicitor, and their two sons. In 1911 she had taken three rooms at 20 Grand Parade, St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex whilst her husband was a visitor at the Holden family home at 2 St John’s Park, Blackheath. She died at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1938, aged 78 and her husband died at Saffron Walden the following year aged 74.