TRACY, Jessie Fife

1839 - 1895

Born at Ipswich in 1839, daughter John Tracy, a dental surgeon, and his wife Mary Isabella née Fife. In 1841 John and his wife were living at Upper Brook Street, Ipswich with their eight children. One of a family of local artists, in 1851 she was living at Whitton Road, Ipswich with her 20 year old brother John as head of the family with 28 year sister Mary as housekeeper with her parents absent. In 1861, the family were living at 16 Tacket Street, Ipswich with her parents 62 year old John, a dental surgeon, and 56 year old Mary, with seven siblings, Mary Catherine 40, born Scotland, Nathaniel 31, born Lambeth with Anthony 23, Jessie Fife 22, Agnes Loveride 20 [q.v.], Joseph W., Isabel Martha Wingfield 17 [q.v.] and Humphrey 15, all born at Ipswich. She was still living at home in 1871 but in 1881 was a private governess at Downe Court, Down, Kent. A painter in oil and watercolour of landscapes and flowers and a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1879 and exhibited from Westgate Street, Ipswich in 1879 'A Glimpse of Autumn', 'Orford from the Sea Wall', 'Linton, Cambridgeshire', 'Study of Foxgloves', 'Hollesley Bay' and 'Orford' and also exhibited at least ten works 1880-1893, exhibiting from Oak Lodge, Christchurch Street, Ipswich two works in 1881 'A Sunny Nook' and 'By the Blue Sea', in 1883 two table lots 'Cup and Saucer' and in 1890 watercolours 'Pink Azealas', in 1891 'November Sunset, Butter Market' and in 'Framlingham Castle'. In 1891 living on her own account 'amateur artist' at 98 Christchurch Street, Ipswich where she died in 1895, she was unmarried.