TEMPLE-BIRD, Kathleen Emily

1879 - 1962

As Kathleen Emily Temple, she was born at Ipswich in 1879, daughter of Thomas Temple, a draper of 12 Strait Bargate, Boston, Lincolnshire, and his Ipswich born wife Emily Ann née Bird, who married at Ipswich in 1878. Her father then took a position as a draper's manager at Southampton where Kathleen went to school. She then studied at Slade School under Henry Tonks (1862-1937) and Alfred Rich (1856-1921) and also studied in Florence. She married at Kensington, London in 1911, Ipswich born Frank Frederick Bird, an insurance company manager, when they moved to Canada where Kathleen was head of art at Havergal College, Toronto 1911-1913 returning to England before the First World War. Portrait and landscape painter and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1902-1911 and as Miss Kathleen Emily Temple exhibited from 'Parkside', Bishop's Hill, Ipswich in 1902 'Portrait Study', 'Ipswich from Rose Hill' and 'View of the Orwell', in 1903 two oils 'A. J. Bird, Esq.' and 'Portrait Study' and seven watercolours 'Boston Stump, from the Witham', 'Potato Pickers in the Fens', 'Market Place, Boston, Lincolnshire', 'October Morning in the Fens', 'The Glen, Sunfleet, Lincolnshire', 'A Stormy Day in the Fens' and 'The Welland, Lincolnshire',exhibiting from Broom Vale, Little Blakenham, Ipswich five works 'Interior, Felixstowe', 'Old Bridge, Croyland, Lincolnshire', 'Walberswick from Across the Ferry' and 'Old Tree, Walberswick' and in 1923 from 51 Gwendur Road, Kensington, London two oil paintings 'Interior' and 'An August Day in the Cotswolds' and was a regular exhibitor. She also exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Society of Women Artists, where in 1916 she exhibited a Canadian scene, and New English Art Club from London, Addlestone and St Ives, Cornwall. She seems to have had a lull in her exhibiting until 1927, when her 72 year old husband died at Fulham, and she resumed exhibiting in 1930 as Kathleen Temple-Bird. At the outbreak of the Second World War she moved from Chelsea to live at 3 The Warren, St Ives, Cornwall but she had returned to London by 1949. Her other works include portraits of 'The Artist's Son' (1933); 'Mahatma Ghandhi' (1940); 'Sir Patrick Geddes' (1949) and 'Winter Sunshine, St Ives' (1940). She died in Surrey in 1962, aged 82.