DUNHAM, Miss Eleanor Amy

1901 - 1987

As Eleanor Amy Dunham, she was born at 58 Brooks Road, Plaistow, West Ham, Essex on 7 February 1901, eldest daughter of Arthur Edwin Dunham (1867-1943), beer retailer, and his wife Alice née Trewella (1871-1951), who married at Camberwell in 1899, Alice who was a widow, as Alice Burton had married at Poplar, London in 1889 Frederick Ernest Trewella (1857-1899). In 1911 Eleanor was a 10 year old student, living at 183 Richmond Road, Ilford, Essex with her parents, 43 year old Arthur and 39 year old Alice, with a sibling sister 3 year old Marjorie Alice, with two step-siblings Ada May Trewella 20 and Edward Henry Trewella 17. Eleanor studied at the London School of Art and her early work was in pastel. She married at Theberton, Suffolk in 1921, Frank Paul Gissing (11 May 1887-1967), a farmer's son who later kept an antique shop and lived at 15 Fawcett Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk and they had several children, all born in Suffolk. Eleanor painted under her maiden name of E A Dunham and later in life returned to painting in watercolour focusing on wildlife, the detail in her pictures, some of which are exceptional, is surprising due to the fact that she had very poor eyesight and suffered with arthritis in her hands, which can be seen in some of her lesser works. She exhibited at The Deben Gallery on 26 Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk. In 1939 she was living at 15 Fawcett Road, Aldeburgh with her husband Frank, and two children, Michael Norman Gissing (1 December 1927-1995) and Malcolm I F Gissing (born 10 February 1933). She latterly lived at Pangbourne and died in Reading district in 1987. After her move to Pangbourne she signed a few of her works in her married name of E A Gissing.

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