BRAITHWAITE, Mary Elizabeth

1874 - 1952

Born at Great Waldingfield Rectory, Suffolk in 1874, eldest daughter of the seven children of Revd Francis Joseph Braithwaite (1837-1889) and his wife Mary née Hoppkinson, who married at Oundle, Northamptonshire in 1871. She studied at Brighton where she was living with her widowed mother in 1891, with four siblings but the family returned to live at Acton Place, near Long Melford, Suffolk. In 1911, Mary Elizabeth, a 36 year old ‘artist’ and ‘social work’ was living at 78 Gloucester Place, Portman Square, London whilst her mother had moved into Brook House, Long Melford. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1933-1951 but exhibited from Brook House, Long Melford in 1923 two watercolours 'Boats, Walberswick Harbour' and 'North Aisle, Westminster Abbey' and in 1933 showing an oil 'Hall Mill, Long Melford' and a watercolour 'From Loch MarMarie', in 1935 showing four oils 'Suilven, near Loch Inver', 'Ullapool', 'Dorny Castle from the Ferry' and 'Archilbuie' and in 1943 she exhibited four works 'Mixed Vase', 'Lilies and Delphiniums', 'Honeysuckle' and 'Clematis' and was a regular exhibitor from Brook House, Long Melford. She also exhibited at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, London Salon and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, 1909-1923. She died, at Long Melford in 1952, aged 77, she was unmarried. Two of her brothers Francis Joseph and Humphry Layland and her sister Margaret Dorothea, are recorded in the Roll of Honour in Great Waldingfield Church.