TRACY, Miss Isabel Martha Wingfield

1843 - 1901

Isabel Martha Wingfield Tracy was born at Ipswich in 1843, daughter John Tracy, a dental surgeon, and his wife Mary Isabella née Fife. In 1841 John and his wife were living at Upper Brook Street, Ipswich with their eight children. One of a family of local artists in 1851 she was living at Whitton Road, Ipswich with her 20 year old brother John as head of the family with 28 year sister Mary as housekeeper with her parents absent. In 1861 the family were living at 16 Tacket Street, Ipswich with her parents 62 year old John, a dental surgeon, and 56 year old now named Mary, with seven siblings, Mary Catherine 40, born Scotland, Nathaniel 31, born Lambeth with Anthony 23, Jessie Fife 22 [Tracy q.v.], Agnes Loveridge 20 [Tracy q.v.], Joseph W. 18 and Humphrey 15, all born at Ipswich. In 1871 a music governess at Carlton Lodge Academy, Iffley Road, Cowley, Oxford but ten years later a 35[sic] year old artist(painter) living with sister Agnes Loveridge Tracy at Christchurch Street, Ipswich. A watercolour painter of flowers and landscapes and although not a member of Ipswich Art Club exhibited from Oak Lodge, Christchurch Street, Ipswich in 1880 'Treasures' and 'In the Fog', in 1882 exhibited a design for a panel 'Sunflower' and in 1883 a table lot 'Spring Flowers', she also exhibited at the Bury & West Suffolk Fine Art Society in 1882 'Foxgloves', some listing are exhibits by Miss Tracy which have not been allocated and, as Miss J. M. W. Tracy, exhibited, from Ipswich, at the Woodbridge Industrial & Art Exhibition at the Lecture Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1883 several table lots and two paintings 'Hollesley Bay, Suffolk' and 'Walton Ferry, Suffolk'. She married at Ipswich in 1885, 69 year old widower Thomas Hayes, a retired architect, and he died at their home Shrub House, Foxhall Road, Ipswich in 1888, aged 72 and where Isabel died in 1901, aged 57.
Edinburgh University [location CLX-A-1259] has a manuscript volume written in black ink, with illuminated headings and initials. The volume of 131pp had been illustrated and sketched, according to the seller's notes, by Agnes L[overidge] Tracy and Isabel M[artha] W[Winfield] Tracy. It is bound in green cloth, and the front cover bears the initials M[ary]C[atherine] T[racy 1821-1906] in gilt. There are seven illustrations and these are signed with the initials 'A.L.T'. and one is numbered '64', which may be the date 1864. The volume opens with a 'Dedication' beginning: These to our Mary, since she holds them dear. These little tributes of her sisters love we give...'. There is a 'Contents' list, and a list of 'Illustrations'. The work then comprises six pieces: a short story 'Every may be has its may not be' (68pp); a poem 'We spend our years as a tale that is told', signed T.M.W.T. (2pp); 'A Tale of Two' (26pp); 'Light and Darkness. An Allegory' (10pp), with a verse at the end 'Waiting for the Golden Days', signed A.L.T: 'The little Petunia', signed T.M.W.T. (11pp); and, 'Ripening for the Harvest' (8pp) also signed I.M.W.T.