COWELL, [Betha] Elizabeth Byles

1838 - 1921

Born at Ipswich on 7 September 1838, and baptised on 23 September 1846, daughter of Charles Cowell (1798-1842), a corn merchant, and his wife Marianne née Byles (1803-1874). She was a grand-daughter of Abraham Kersey Cowell, the Ipswich corn merchant and printer and a sister to Edward Byles Cowell (1826-1903), the Sanskrit scholar. In 1851, a 12 year old scholar living at Fore Street, Ipswich with her 48 year old widowed mother Marianne and her two sibling brothers Charles Henry 21 and Maurice Byles 14. A watercolour landscape painter and a member of Ipswich Art Club 1891-1915 who exhibited from Ipswich 1895-1903, including ‘On the Sure, Yorkshire’ (1902) and ‘Silvern Memories’ (1903) and two views of Christchurch, Ipswich. She variously gives her name as Edith and Betha but in 1898 she exhibited as Betha Cowell from South Lawn, Anglesea Road, Ipswich where she was living in 1901 and in 1911 a 72[sic] year old 'living on own means' at 42 Anglesea Road, Ipswich keeping two indoor servants. She died at Ipswich on 7 July 1921, her age given as 82, she was unmarried.