CONTI, Ellen May

1884 - 1963

As Ellen May Woodward, she was born at Walworth, Southwark, London on 25 May 1884, daughter of George William Woodward, a barrister's clerk, and his wife Ellen née Rogers, who married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1883. In 1891 the family were living at 45 Wroughton Road, Battersea and Ellen was educated at Vicarage School, Clapham Common and County School, Wallington and studied art at West Croydon School of Art where she excelled as a pencil draughtsman, later attending Chelsea Art School under Ernest Borough Johnson (1866-1949), and then attended Clapham Art School, Heatherley's School of Fine Art and St Martin's School of Art where her teachers included Conrad Lomax (1888-1950). In 1911, a 26 year old 'fashion artist' living with her parents at 2 Blenheim Gardens, Wallington, Surrey. In 1939 she was lodging at 36 Mayfields Road, Wembley, Middlesex. She married at Creeting, Suffolk in 1946, artist, actor and singer [Guiseppe] Pino Giacomo F. Conti (1896-1951)[q.v.] and painted under the name of Ellen Conti. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1956-1962 and exhibited from 'Loreto', Creeting St Peter, near Ipswich in 1948 two painting 'Badley Mill' and 'Market Day-The Farmyard' and from Pentlow Lane, Cavendish, Suffolk in 1956 an oil 'Spring Reflections' and two watercolours 'Winter Scene' and 'Christmas Roses' and was a regular exhibitor. She was also a member of the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1949-1960 from The Green, Homersfield and Cavendish, both in Suffolk. She died at Bury St Edmund's in 1963, aged 78.