RICHARDSON, Miss Ellen [Nellie] Eliza

1889 - 1956

As Ellen Eliza Richardson, she was born at Hackney, London on 3 January 1889, daughter of William John Richardson, a printer compositor, and his wife Agnes Ada née Brown, who married at Bethnal Green, London in 1884. In 1901, a 13 year old living at 31 Candy Street, Stratford le Bow, London with her parents, 37 year old John and 35 year old Agnes, and four siblings Agnes A. 14, Ida M. 7, Rose H. 4 and Walter J. F. 1. She married at Chelsea in 1909, William Kay Blacklock [q.v.] and they had one daughter. In 1911 a 23 year old, living at 46 Gunder Grove, Chelsea, London with her husband and one year old daughter Eleanor Irene, born Chelsea. Ellen, known as Nellie, was Blacklock's model for a series of paintings between 1910 and 1917 and the illustration is a painting by Blacklock and is probably Nellie. About 1912 they moved to 'The Barn' at Walberswick, Suffolk and were still there in 1916 but later moved to 152 Fosse Road South, Leicester and then to Polperro, Cornwall where her husband died in 1924. She took up watercolour flower painting and won the RHS silver medal for floral painting at Chelsea in 1926. Nellie exhibited at the Royal Academy, under her maiden name of Richardson, the Walker Art Gallery, and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour from The Barn, Walberswick, Suffolk in 1915, Leicester in 1920 and London in 1926 when her address was 4 Sydney Street, Chelsea. In 1927 Nellie married secondly at Kensington, London, Dr Edward J. B. Sewell (2 August 1888-1966), a medical practitioner, when she seems to have given up exhibiting. In 1939 Nellie was living at 56 Westwood Park Road, Peterborough with her husband Edward and she died in the Penzance district, Cornwall in 1956, aged 68.

Who's who in Art gives her date of birth as 1888 but the 1939 register give it as 1889.






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