PULLING, Phyllis Mary

1892 - 1949

Phyllis Mary Pulling was born at Kensington, London on 15 May 1892, eldest child of Alexander Pulling (23 September 1857-15 January 1942), barrister-at-law and civil servant at the Treasury, and his wife Margaret Ellen Bealey (20 March 1864-25 July 1941), third daughter of Samuel Bealey of 20 Pembridge Gardens, Kensington and of Canterbury, New Zealand, who married at St Peter's Church, Bayswater, London on 24 June 1891 and in 1921 were living at 93 Oakwood Court, Kensington, London. Phyllis was educated at Kensington High School and King's College for Women. In 1911, Phyllis was an 18-year-old art student at the South Kensington School of Art, from where she won a scholarship for her life drawing, whilst living at 6 Prince of Wales Terrace, Kensington with her parents, 53-year-old Alexander and 47-year-old Margaret, with four siblings Jean King 16, Norah Tempse 15, Stella Margaret 12 and George Bealey 9. Phyllis progressed her studies at the St John's Wood School of Art and at South Kensington, and was a painter, poster artist, in watercolour and tempera. Before moving to Cornwall, she was living with her parents at Whitestone House, Whitestone St Thomas, Exeter, Devon and was a member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1930-1939, exhibiting in 1930 from 111 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London two watercolours, 'Kersey' and 'A South African Garden', in 1931 two further watercolours 'The Still Room, Alston Court, Nayland' and 'The Court Yard, Alston Court, Nayland' and from 3 Piazza Studios, St Ives, Cornwall (with tickets to be sent c/o Miss Helga Violet Edge, Stour House, Nayland, Suffolk) in 1933, an oil 'Portrait of a Young Girl' and two watercolours 'A Little House in Rye' and 'Withermarsh Green', in 1934 from Cornwall, 'Alston Court, Nayland' and a 'Portrait', in 1935 four oils 'Willows', 'Cornish Roofs', 'The Garden, Wiston Mill' and 'Pea Pickers' which she had exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1934. In 1936 she exhibited four works 'Kersey', 'Blue Grass near Cape Town', 'The Water Butt, Wormingford' and 'A Farm Yard, Wormingford' and in 1937 she exhibited four paintings, an oil 'The Kaisergebirge, Tyrol' and three watercolours 'Majorca', 'The Mill Pond, Boxford' and 'The Deserted Cottage, Stoke-by-Nayland' and was a regular exhibitor from London or Cornwall. Also, a member of the St Ives Society of Artists 1932-1940 and had exhibited at the 1924 Wembley Exhibition and at the Royal Academy and on 11-12 May 1934 exhibited at The Institute, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk her 'Pea-Pickers'. In 1939, an artist, living at Newey Lelant, St Ives, Cornwall with her artist uncle Eduard Wellington Pulling (25 June 1860-19 October 1947), with whom she travelled abroad to paint in 1926 and 1930 and they exhibited at the Broomhead Art Gallery in Cork Street, London in 1927 and with whom she resided when in London or Cornwall. She was a member of the Society of Mural Decorators and Painters in Tempera with whom she exhibited at the Worthing Art Gallery in 1947 'A Dream of Life'. In 1940 Phyllis Mary Pulling moved back to London and died at 58 Addison Avenue, Kensington, W.11 on 31 October 1949, aged 57, she was unmarried. She signed her works 'P. M. Pulling'.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Whitestone House, Whitestone, near Exeter
1927 Latomia dei Cappuccini, Sicily
from 3 Piazza Studio, St Ives, Cornwall
1934 639 Pea-Pickers
from 75 Linden Gardens, London
1944 634 London River
from 58 Addison Avenue, West London
1947 920 Three Sisters

Works by This Artist