BIGGS, Ursula Donisthorpe Russell-

1884 - 1955

As Ursula Donisthorpe Biggs, she was born at Kensington, London on 2 July 1884, daughter of Russell Hugh Worthington Biggs (1844-26 July 1915), barrister-at-law, and his wife Emily Flower née Donisthorpe (1845-25 January 1922), who married at Toxteth Park, Manchester in 1881. In 1891, Ursula was a 6-year-old, living at North Lodge, High Street, Harrow, Middlesex with her parents, 47-year-old Russell and 45-year-old Emily, with her two siblings, Anne Nevil Wordsworth 5 and Hugh Russell 3, and by 1911 they had moved to 3 Tor Gardens, Kensington where her brother Hugh was described as an 'art student'. Her father died at Kensington in 1915 and her mother, who by now had assumed the name of Russell-Biggs, died at Florence, Italy in 1922. In 1939, giving her date of birth as 2 July 1896, she was living at Kensington Court Mansions, London. As Miss Biggs, a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1943-1953 and exhibited from Palace Gate Hotel, Kensington W.8 in 1944 four works, 'San Michelle, near Rapallo, Italy', 'Evening Glow, Montana, Switzerland', 'The Siesta, Fruit Market, Venice' and another 'Fruit Market, Venice', in 1945, a watercolour 'Spring in Kew Gardens' and in 1949 from 2 Cranley Mansions, Old Brompton Road, London SW7, an oil painting 'The End of the Day, Blythburgh'. As Ursula Russell-Biggs of 2 Cranleigh Mansions, London SW7, she died at 12 Gunnersbury Avenue, Ealing, London on 14 January 1955, she was unmarried.