KIDDALL, Helen Dorothy

1888 - 1980

Helen Kiddall

Born at Louth, Lincolnshire on 10 August 1888, daughter of George Henry Kiddall (21 January 1858-1941), a banker’s clerk, and his wife Elizabeth Helen née Tompkinson, who married at Carnarvon, Wales in 1886. In 1891, a two year old living at 164 Eastgate Street, Louth with her parents, 33 year old George and 26 year old Elizabeth, and an older sister Frances 3. She studied at Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope's School and at Louth Technical School and in 1912 won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy Schools where she remained for five years under many R.A.'s including Sargent and Orpen. In 1911, a 22 year old student, boarding at a lodging house at 54 Penywhern Road, Earls Court, Kensington. A figure painter and an Associate of the Society of Women Artists 1935 and exhibited at Grosvenor Gallery; Liverpool Walker Art Gallery; Manchester City Art Gallery; Royal Academy; Royal Society of British Artists and the Society of Women Artists from London in 1921 and 1931, Alford, Lincolnshire 1927 and from Felixstowe, Suffolk in 1932 where, together with her sister, were keen violinists. A member of Ipswich Art Club from 1932 and exhibited from 'Milveston', Garfield Road, Felixstowe in 1932 two paintings 'The Philosopher' and a watercolour 'Leslie Allison, daughter of Dr. Sidney Smith' in 1933 'Water Boy' and a watercolour 'Tommy', in 1935 a watercolour 'Spring at Winchester' and in 1937 'Pieta' and 'Were you There?' in 1943 an oil 'African Girl' and in 1944 three works 'Pink Cyclamen', 'G. H. Kersey, Esq.' and 'Young African Boy'. In 1974 at the Club centenary she exhibited an oil 'The Mother' and her last exhibit was from 3 Garfield Road, Felixstowe in 1980 when 'The Unfinished Picture' was on display. In 1939 an artist living at 'Wilverton', Garfield Road, Felixstowe with her father, now a retired bank manager, and she died at Ipswich on 5 September 1980.

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