DENNY, Alice Katherine

1880 - 1963

As Katherine Alice Denny, she was born at Leeds, Yorkshire on 3 September 1880, she was known as Alice, daughter of Thomas Goulden Denny, an oil merchant, and his wife Helen Marian née Haley, who married at Leeds in 1876 and in 1881 were living at 8 Winstanley Terrace, Headingley-with-Burley, Leeds. As Alice Catherine Denny she married at Kensington, London in 1908, Kurt Bernhard Heindrich Carl (later known as Court) Ackenhausen (1878/9-1954), a German textile merchant, and in 1911 was a 30 year old living at 2 Pembroke Cottages, Kensington, London with her 33 year old husband Kurt, and two of their three children Natalie [Bevan] 1 [q.v.] and newly born Philip, the family adopted Denny as their surname during the First World War. Court and Alice lived and raised their three children at 30 Addison Road, Kensington, London W14. Alice was a children’s artist, painting professionally from the age of 18 until her death, later with George Lane as her illustrating partner who undertook the technical and mechanical work in her illustrations such as cars and machinery. Alice sat at a large round table in a wonderful room on the first floor of 30 Addison Road, surrounded by paints and half-finished illustrations. Here she would preside, with young artists keen to learn the trade, would sit and admire her work including artist author Donough O’Brien. In later years Alice moved to a gatehouse cottage at Boxted House in Suffolk, the home of her elder daughter Natalie. In 1939 an 'artist painter' living at Boxted House, Suffolk with her daughter and her second husband Bobby Bevan and Natalie's two daughters from a previous marriage. She died in Ipswich Hospital in 1963.




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