LINGWOOD, Bessie Ellen

1861 - 1927

Bessie Ellen Lingwood was born at Bucklesham, near Ipswich, in January 1861, daughter of Horace Lingwood, a manure agent, and his wife Anne née Jeckell, who married at Norwich in 1858. In 1871, a 10 year old living at Bosmere Mill, Creeting All Saints’, Suffolk with her parents, 37 year old Horace, born Battisford, Suffolk and 40 year old Anne, born Wymondham, Norfolk and two siblings Horace Jeckell [q.v.] and Thomas E. 8. Bessie studied at the Ipswich School of Science & Art and awarded a certificate for her freehand drawing and, although not a member, Bessie exhibited from Creeting, Needham Market, Ipswich at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1881 nine watercolours including ‘River Gems’, in 1882 eight watercolours including 'Poppies', in 1883 twelve watercolours including 'Water Mill near Needham Market', in 1884 ten watercolours which were all still life, and continued to exhibit regularly. She also exhibited at the Bury & Suffolk Fine Art Society in 1883, a watercolour 'Fruit' which won the second prize of 1 guinea and at the Woodbridge Industrial & Art Exhibition at the Assembly Rooms, Woodbridge in April 1887, three watercolours 'Fruit', 'Wild Roses' and 'Honeysucke' plus a drawing and hand painted birthday cards. In 1900, an artist at 2 Westgate Street, Ipswich, which may have been her studio, as she continued living with her parents at Bosmere Mill until at least 1911. She died in the Woodbridge district of Suffolk in 1927, aged 66, she was unmarried.