NEATBY, Hilda Mary

1881 - 1970

As Hilda Mary Fletcher, she was born at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire on 28 June 1881, daughter of William Pask Fletcher, a mechanical draughtsman, and his wife Jessie née Morton, who married at Louth, Lincolnshire in 1867. In 1891 the family were living at 3 Hawes Street, Ipswich but ten years later had returned to live in Lincoln where 19 year old Hilda was a schoolteacher. By 1911 Hilda had returned to live at 52 Christchurch Street, Ipswich when a 29 year old art teacher at Ipswich High School. She married at Wandsworth, London in 1930, Edward Mossforth Neatby (1888-1949) [q.v.] and they came to live at 71 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich. Watercolour landscape painter and a member of the Ipswich Art Club from 1937 until 1970 and in 1935 exhibited from 71 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich two watercolours 'House Boat, Felixstowe Ferry' and 'The Derelict, Felixstowe Ferry', in 1937 she had six works on show, an oil 'Walberswick' and five watercolours 'Wenham Place, Great Wenham', 'The Granary Steps, Bridge Farm, Dunwich', 'High Barn, Rottingdean', 'Barns at Tuddenham' and 'Broad Beech, Tuddenham Road' including in 1942 'Cretingham Church', 'Earl Soham' and 'Farm near Cretingham' in 1943 'The Old Barn', 'Thrashing Tackle', 'Suffolk Farm' and 'Earl Soham', in 1944 five works 'Barley Farm, Winston', 'The Granary', 'Salhouse, Norfolk', 'Barn Interior' and 'Cottage Bunch' and was a regular exhibitor showing over sixty works and was still active in the 1960's. She also exhibited at Tibbenham's Gallery, Brook Street, Ipswich in 1943 'March Moring', 'A Roadside Pond' and 'The Old Mill, Earl Soham'. Most of the subjects were local views including Walsberswick and Aldeburgh. She must have divorced her husband about 1941 about which time William departed from Ipswich and remarried in 1947. Hilda died at Ipswich in 1970.