SOUTH, Maude

1865 - 1951

Born at Little Foulton Hall, Ramsey, Essex in 1865, daughter of John South, a farmer, and his wife Sarah née Cooper (1837-1911), who married at Great Oakley, Essex in 1857. In 1871 the family were living at Little Foulton Hall, Oakley Road, Ramsey, Essex but by 1881 they were farming at Alton Hall, Stutton near Ipswich where Maude was a 15 year old living with her parents, 52 year old John and 43 year old Sarah, with siblings Sarah K. 23, Cyril F. 18, Marian E. 13, Edward P. 11 and Cooper 7, with a governess and two servants. Maude was a landscape painter in oils and a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1889-1907 and exhibited from Alton Hall, Stutton, Ipswich in 1888 two works 'Dedham Mill House' and 'Near Flatford Lock, Spring', in 1889 four works 'Near Playford Hall', The Hollow by Holbrook Fish Ponds', 'Stutton Rectory Approach' and 'Fir Tree Hill, Holbrook' and in 1890 'Gun Hill, Dedham', 'A Glimpse at Stutton Rectory' and 'Pin Mill'. In 1894 she was living at Bank House, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich exhibiting in the following year two works, which seem to have been her last, 'The Ford at Flatford' and 'Stands in the Sun and Shadow all Beneath' but had been a regular exhibitor showing some twenty-three works 1888-1895. Her father died at Alton Hall in 1892, aged 71 when the family moved to Ordnance Lodge, Crescent Road, Ipswich where they were living in 1901 but about 1907 mother and daughter went to live with Maude's brother John Arthur South, a manager at a patent medicine factory, living at 8 Champion Park, Camberwell, London where her mother Sarah died in 1911, aged 73. Maude died back in Suffolk in 1951, aged 85, she was unmarried. Her mother Sarah South had been a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1894-1896 but I have found no exhibits.