GROOM, Mary Elizabeth

1903 - 1958

Born at Corringham, Essex on 17 December 1903, daughter of John Box Groom (1862-1931), a master mariner, and his wife Charlotte Elizabeth née Long (12 July 1869-1945), who married at Corringham in 1899. In 1911, a 7 year old living at Reydon Cottage, Wangford Road, Reydon, Southwold, Suffolk with her parents, 50 year old John, who had retired, and 41 year old Charlotte with five siblings. Mary studied wood engraving at Leon Underwood's Art School, along with Underwood himself and fellow-students such as Blair Hughes-Stanton [q.v.], Gertrude Hermes and Agnes Miller Parker. An artist and wood sculptor and a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle in 1953 from Wenhaston, Suffolk. Mary was part of the English Wood Engraving Society, a splinter-group of the Society of Wood-Engravers and is best-remembered for her engravings for a 1937 edition of Milton's 'Paradise Lost' (Golden Cockerel Press 1937). In 1939 an artist living at The Grange, Reydon, Southwold with her widowed mother Charlotte and siblings William Henry (27 August 1902-1966), Anthony Jerman (born 14 April 1904) and George Thomas (31 October 1912-2006). As Seymour Lucas she exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1942 two works 'Floral Harmony' and 'Chrysanthemums'. She died in the Norwich district in 1958, aged 55, she was unmarried and 'The Times' of Wednesday, May 13, 1959; list of latest wills includes that of Miss Mary Elizabeth Groom, of Wenhaston, Suffolk.

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