KERSEY, Maria

1800 - 1877

Born at Wickham Market, Suffolk and baptised on 2 May 1800, daughter of Samuel Kersey and his wife Mariola née Watson. As Miss Kersey, a member of the Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists from 1834, where she was probably tutored by Henry Davy [q.v.]. In 1851, a 50 year old artist, described as daughter-in-law [i.e. step-daughter], living at Seckford Street, Woodbridge with step-father 74 year old Edward Chapman 'landed proprietor' and his 71 year old wife Mariola and their 40 year old daughter Eliza. By 1861 they had moved to 42 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich when Maria is described as a 60 year artist and by 1871 Mariola was a widow at the same address with daughter Maria as an 'annuitant'. 'An engraving of Edmund Goodwyn, M.D. (1756-1829) by Samuel William Reynolds, engraver to his majesty, from a painting by Miss Maria Kersey, a Suffolk artist, which she had copied from an original painting by Henry Perronet Briggs (c/1792-1844), was executed soon after his death for distribution amongst his private friends'. Maria was buried in Ipswich Cemetery on 20 November 1877, aged 77, she was unmarried.




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