PAYNE, (Harriett) Edith

1865 - 1946

Born Harriett Edith, but used on the name of Edith, at Bury St Edmund's on 20 February 1865 but not baptised at Bury St Edmunds until 15 June 1871, daughter of James Arthur Payne (1839-1876), a china & glass merchant, and his wife Harriett née Chapman, who married at Bury St Edmund's in 1861. Her father died in 1876 and in 1881, Edith was a 16 year old artist painter living at 84 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmund's with her 40 year old widowed mother Harriett, now the china & glass dealer, with seven siblings aged 18 to 6, her 63 year old grandmother Harriett Chapman, 72 year old aunt Mary Cooper, and a 65 year old boarder Johannes Henrich Ludwig Moller (1813-1885), an artist painter from Germany, who was probably tutor to Edith, and they retained two general servants. As Miss E. Payne, she exhibited at the Bury & Suffolk Fine Art Society at the Town Hall, Bury St Edmund's in 1886, an oil 'A View in the Wilderness' which was commended. In 1891 was described as a 'photographic artist' but by 1911 was a 'foreign missionary' boarding at 56 Drummond Road, Bournemouth. In 1939 she was living at Dover, Kent but later that year returned to live at 'Sunny Croft', Beyton, near Bury St Edmunds and she died in Bury St Edmund's in 1946, aged 80, she was unmarried.