1855 - 1944

Maria Hughman was born in London on 1 August 1855, daughter of Robert Hughman (1813-1875), a schoolmaster and author, and his wife Frances née Cook (1809-1899), who married at Framlingham, Suffolk on 24 June 1834. Robert's father, John Hugman, added the 'H' into his name. In 1851 Robert was master of an English and commercial school for the education of young gentlemen at the White House, Yoxford, Suffolk and in the mid 1850s, together with seven children moved to London. In 1871, Maria was a 15 year old living at 146 Queen’s Road, Paddington with her parents, 57 year old Robert, born Halesworth, Suffolk and 62 year old Frances, born Framlingham and two of her siblings, Harold Castell 26 and Rose 23, both born at Yoxford, Suffolk. As Miss Minnie Hughman, in 1883 she exhibited from Woodbridge at the Woodbridge Industrial & Art Exhibition, at the Lecture Hall, Woodbridge several oil paintings including three 'Portraits' a 'Still Life' a copy of 'Still Life' after Hondekoeter, and a 'Luca Signorelli painting Dead Son' after Alexander Robert and in 1887 her exhibits included 'Mother Hubbard' and 'Coreopsis'. She also exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1883 from Woodbridge, Suffolk two portraits 'Darby' and 'Joan' when living with her widowed mother ‘Fanny’ at 17 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge and they were still living there in 1891 and, on the death of her mother in 1899, Maria and her sister Rose continued to live at the Woodbridge house. In 1939, living on own means at 17 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge with a housekeeper, Elsie Leech. She died at Woodbridge in 1944, aged 88, she was unmarried.