TAPP, Rosa Ellen

1864 - 1930

Born at Wandsworth in 1864, but baptised at Beckenham, Kent on 29 June 1870, second child of Arthur March Tapp, an accountant & landowner, and his wife (Annie) Caroline née Reynolds, who married at Hastings in 1861. In 1871, Rosa was a 6 year old living at Woodside, Beckenham with her parents, 43 year old Arthur and 41 year old Elizabeth with three siblings, Alfred 8, Catherine 4 and Annie 3 when the family retained a governess and three indoor servants. Rosa was educated at St Johns Ladies School at Patcham, Surrey and trained under (John Francis) Frank Spenlove-Spenlove (1868-1933) at the Yellow Door School of Art at 34 (later 80) Beckenham High Street. The family home was at 'The Gables' 14 Kingwood Road, Shortlands, Beckenham from where Rosa exhibited but she was rarely at the family home roaming the countryside from 1881 spending some time in France. Elected an associate of the Society of Women Artist in 1905 and she exhibited at the Royal Society of Artists; Manchester City Art Gallery; Royal Cambrian Academy and the Society of Women Artists from Beckenham and in 1919 at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters from Woodbridge, Suffolk. In 1911, whilst her parents were living at Beckenham, Rosa was living with her 80 year old unmarried aunt, Harriet Tapp, at 26 Hope Park, Bromley, Kent. She married in Paris 1916/20 Revd Frank Varley and in 1924, as Mrs Rosa Ellen Varley was living at 'St Withburga', Church Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk when some of the Tapp family shares in the Great Western Railway were transferred to her. She died at Minehead, Somerset on 10 November 1930, her will, when of Woodbridge, was proved on 21 January 1931.