THORNHILL, Emma

1867 - 1932

Born at Lowestoft, Suffolk in 1867, daughter of Edmund Bensley Thornhill, a judge in British India in the N.W.Provinces, and his wife Constance née Wilson, who married at Moradabad, Bengal on 8 July 1856. In 1871, a 3 year old living living at Geldeston Lodge, Norfolk, the home of her widowed 70 year old grandmother Charlotte Thornhill, whilst her parents were in India, with her five siblings, Hilda 12, Alice 10, Bensley 8, Clement Bensley and Mark Bensley both 4. Ten years later, together with her parents were at the same address and her father had retired by 1891 when 23 year old Emma was still living at Geldeston with her parents and siblings. Her father died in 1895 when Emma studied at Dresden and then under Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914) at his Bushey Heath Art School and whilst in London she lived at 19 Chenies Street Chambers, St Giles Bloomsbury. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1901-1903 and exhibited Chenies Street in 1901 two watercolours 'A Suffolk Town' and 'August Afternoon near Southwold' in 1903 'The Wicket Gate' and 'Barsham Church, Suffolk' and in 1905 'Magdalen Tower, Oxford' and 'The Founder's Tower, Oxford'. In 1914 she exhibited from 10 Barton Street, Westminster 'In the Forum, facing S. Francesco Romana' and 'In the Cloister of S. John Lateran', in 1927 from White Cottage, Geldeston, Beccles two watercolours 'Grays Inn Square Holborn' and 'Water Gate, Lake Orta'. She was also a member at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1908-1913 from Geldeston, she also exhibited at Dudley Gallery, Walker Art Galllery, Liverpool; the Royal Academy; Society of Women Artists and Walker’s Gallery, London 1901-1927, from London 1900 and 1911, Beccles, Suffolk 1910 and Geldeston, Norfolk in 1927. She died at Geldeston in 1932, aged 64, she was unmarried. One of her oil paintings 'Donkeys and a Thistle' 25cm by 36cm was for sale at Whytes Irish Autioneers in 2001.