PRENTICE, [Kate] Catherine Maria

1845 - 1911

Born at Stowmarket, Suffolk in 1845, daughter of Thomas Lungley Prentice, a corn dealer at Stowmarket, and his wife Catherine née Ridley, who married at Dunmow, Essex in 1841. By 1861 the family had moved to Moorville House, South Terrace, Headingley, Leeds, living next door was watercolour artist Thomas Sutcliffe, who may have introduced Kate to watercolour painting. In 1871 Catherine was a governess to the children of William Sollar, a retired draper & landowner, at Rockingham Road, Kettering. A self-taught landscape painter and in 1881, now Kate Prentice, was an artist in watercolour lodging at 22 Edwardes Square, Kensington from where she exhibited two pictures at the New Watercolour Society in 1884 and one at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1885. She exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from 19 Kensington Square, London in 1883 and oil 'Chickens' and two watercolours 'Bolton Abbey' and 'A Misty Morning' and from 10 Kensington Square in 1884 three watercolours 'Kikkstall Abbey, Yorkshire', 'All was Silent save the Trickling of the Rill' and 'Autumn on the Wharfe' and as a member of the Club, from 25 Edwards Square, Kensington in 1885 four watercolours 'On the Wharfe, near Bolton Abbey', 'Primulas', 'Transept in Bolton Abbey' and 'The Wharfe, near Barden' and was a regular exhibitor her last pictures on show in 1896 'Heber's Ghyl, Ilkely and 'Sunset over the Wharfe, Ilkely' and seems to have had lodging in St Clements, Ipswich, also exhibiting a watercolour at the Bury & Suffolk Fine Art Society in 1889 'A Waterfall'. In 1901 a 55 year old landscape artist living at 14 Churchfield Road, Ealing, London with her 79 year old widowed mother and 53 year old unmarried sister Mary E. with a servant and a boarder. In 1911 was on a visit to 34 Otley Road, Leeds being described as 'artist'. where she died in 1911, she was unmarried. She is represented in the Victoria & Albert Museum