PHILLIPS, Helen Mary Maria

1880 - 1951

As Helen Mary Maria Davis, she was born at Paganhill, Stroud, Gloucestershire on 24 February 1880, eldest daughter of William George Davis, a market gardener, and his wife Jane née Allen, who married at Gloucester in 1880. In 1881, a 1 year old living at Hill Field, Stroud with her parents, 30 year old William and 30 year old Jane and by 1891 they were living at Queen Street, Gloucester with William, now a butler, and with three further daughters, twins Violet J. and Louisa both 9 and Florence M. 6, all born in Gloucestershire. Helen went into domestic service and in 1911, a 29 year old cook in the household of 65 year old widow Rosa James of 1 Palace Yard, Gloucester. She married at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire in 1919, Lionel W. Phillips (1870-1949), an agricultural engineer, from when she painted under the name of Mrs. Helen M. Phillips. A member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle in 1937 from Beccles, Suffolk and an associate member of the Ipswich Art Club 1938-1939 and exhibited from 13a Blyburgate, Beccles two works 'Still Life' and 'Marie May, Beccles'. By 1939 they had returned to Gloucestershie and together with her husband were living at Lansdowne, North Cotswold, where she died in 1951.