WILLIAMS, Ada Mary

1864 - 1953

Born at Brentford, Middlesex on 26 August 1864, daughter of Henry Williams, a woollen warehouseman, who was born at Trimley, Suffolk, and his wife Ada née Bright, who married at Clun, Shropshire in 1861. In 1881, the family were living at Upper Addiscombe Road, Croydon when young Ada was a student and ten years later a 27 year old art student teacher still living with her family but at 27 Dukes Avenue, Chiswick but by 1911 was a 'painter (artist)' living with her brother Alan and his wife, at 16 Messoline Avenue, Horn Lane, Acton. Known for her drawings of old buildings and for watercolours. One of the longest serving members of the Ipswich Art Club from 1895 until 1952, and exhibited from 16 Messaline Avenue, Acton, London in 1895 five works 'Tewksbury', 'Bilbury, Gloucestershire', 'High Street, Tewksbury', 'Shingle Street, Suffolk' and 'Old Baptist Chapel Court, Tewksbury' and in 1927 eleven watercolours 'Tower Ramparts, Ipswich', 'Wolsey's Gate, Ipswich', 'Old House, St Mary Elms, Ipswich', 'Abbot's Court, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich', 'The Little Ship at Cavendish, Suffolk', 'Weobly, Hertfordshire', 'Water Street, Lavenham', 'Old House, Water Street, Lavenham', 'The Ancient House, Ipswich', 'The Old Guildhall, Lavenham' and 'The Old Parliament House, Gloucester'. In 1944 she exhibited three watercolours 'Tower Ramparts', 'The Orwell' and 'Lady Lane, Lavenham' and over the years exhibited over 260 works, mostly local views. A regular entrant for The Studio magazine landscape competitions and often a prize winner and also exhibited at the Society of Women Artists 1901-1903 from 'Walcot', Shee Road, East Acton. Her address from where she exhibited in the 1930's was 16 Messaline Avenue, Acton, London W.3. and where she was living in 1939, describing herself as 'artist', with her widowed brother Alan. At the centerary exhibition of Ipswich Art Club in 1974, her watercolour 'Cottages at Halifax, Ipswich' was shown and she was included in 'Suffolk: A Female Focus' at Wolsey Art Gallery, Ipswich in 1999. She died at Bromley, Kent in 1953, aged 90, she was unmarried.




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