1916 - 2001

Millie Gomersall

Born at Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire on 30 November 1916, daughter of Horace Gomersall (1885-1948), a jeweller, and his wife Matilda née Woodhouse, who married at Nantwich, Cheshire earlier that year. Educated at Malvern Girls' College and working in London she met Cedric Morris [q.v.] in a café in Percy Street, which was around the corner from the artists quarter at Charlotte Street and modelled for Morris and later studied at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing at Benton End, Hadleigh, Suffolk where her tutor Cedric Morris painted her portrait in 1936 which was on display at The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester [illustrated]. She exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1941 one painting 'Landscape from the Garden' and another painting 'Hadleigh' was sold at auction by Christie's in 1997. She married at St Pancras, London in 1942, Roland L. Hayes and Cedric Morris painted her portrait, as Millie Hayes, a second time in 1964. She was a housekeeper to Sir Cedric Morris and a beneficiary under his will. She died at Ipswich in 2001.