ROBERTS, Rosa

1841 - 1938

Born at Spital Ema Cottage, Clewer, Berkshire and baptised on 6 May 1841, daughter of William Walter Roberts, a naval captain, and his wife Susan née James. Together with her sister Clarinda Roberts [q.v.], she studied art, under William Robert Earl (1808-1880) at his studio at Shooter's Hill, Plumstead, Kent, during which time her mother moved to 2 Foundry Road Terrace, Thorpe next Norwich, Norfolk where she had three more children born between 1845 and 1851. By 1871, with her sister as head of family, Rosa was living on 'own means' at Rose Hill House, Ipswich with three unmarried sisters and her 74 year old father. Rosa exhibited at the Bury & West Suffolk Fine Art Circle in 1882 'Neglected Corner' and was a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1875-1933 and exhibited from Rose Hill House, Ipswich in 1881 three paintings 'Bixley Decoy', 'Friend or Foe, a portrait' and 'Mouth of the Deben', in 1882 'Cottage Flowers' and 'Spite Autumn Blaste' and three items in 1883 'Untitled', 'Fruit' and 'Four Seasons', two in 1884 'Autumn Fire' and 'Queen Blanchelys' and was a regular exhibitor. In 1911 she was still living at Rose Hill House, together with her 63 year old sister Frances Ann. She died in the Wayland District, Norfolk in 1938, aged 95, she was unmarried.