MONNINGTON, Kathleen [Kitty] Rowley

1908 - 1993

As Kathleen Rowley Elliston, she was born at 4 Parkside Avenue, Ipswich on 25 August 1908, daughter of William Rowley Elliston (1 February 1869-1954), barrister-at-law, and his wife Ethel Mary née Walton (born 22 July 1869), who married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1898 and in 1939 were living at 4 Parkside Avenue, Ipswich with daughter Kitty, a private secretary. In 1911, Kitty was a 2 year old living at Parkside Avenue with her 42 year old father and two elder siblings, Dorothy Mary 11 and William Arthur 7, her 41 year old mother was visiting her 72 year old widowed mother, Emma Louisa Walton at Forest Hill, London. Educated at Ipswich High School and after the First World War she studied at Camberwell School of Art and studied painting under Sir Cedric Morris [q.v.] at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and became a departmental assistant at the Slade School of Art. A member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club from 1937 and as Miss K. R. Elliston exhibited from 4 Parkside Avenue, Ipswich in 1937, three oils 'Philip's Crab Boat', 'Still Life' and 'Pedney'. During the Second World War she served as an officer in the Royal Navy and married in London in 1953, Meredith Monnington (1901-1988) after which she painted under her married name. Her oil 'Roses' was exhibited at the Centenary Show of the Art Club in 1974 and in 1977 she exhibited from 'Anders', Orford, near Woodbridge, Suffolk two pictures 'Cabbage' and 'Cumbrian Farm' exhibiting one picture the following year and four in 1979 and three in 1980 'Olive Grove', 'Autumn Leaves' and 'Still Life'. She died at Orford, Suffolk in September 1993.