CLEMINSON, Hester Victoria

1887 - 1945

As Hester Victoria Wood, she was born at Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, on 28 February 1887, daughter of senator Josiah Wood and his wife Laura Sophia née Trueman. She studied at Mount Allison University in Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada and at the Royal College of Art before the First World War and exhibited at the Royal Academy as a student in 1910. Hester Wood, sculptor, married at St George's, Hanover Square, London in 1910, Lt. Commander Bernard Matheson Harvey, R.N. (4 July 1882-1914), a fellow Canadian and brother of a fellow student, Bernard died in the sinking of HMS Cressy on 22 September 1914. She married secondly at Manhattan, New York on 3 September 1917, Henry Millican Cleminson, (27 February 1885-1970), solicitor, parliamentary agent and chairman & general manager of the Chamber of Shipping and they had two children. Hester was a member of the Sole Bay Group [q.v.] and in 1939 she was living at The Maltings, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex with her husband Henry, who in 1960, when of Southwold, Suffolk, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Hester died at Writtle in 1945.