CLEMINSON, Hester Victoria

1887 - 1945

Hester Cleminson

As Hester Victoria Wood, she was born at Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, on 28 February 1887, one of the four daughters and two sons of senator Josiah Wood (18 April 184313 May 1927) and his wife Laura Sophia née Trueman, who married on 14 January 1874. Hester studied at Mount Allison University in Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada and, coming to England in 1905, at the Royal College of Art and exhibited at the Royal Academy as a student 1908-1910. Hester Wood, sculptor, married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1910, Lt. Commander Bernard Matheson Harvey, R.N. (4 July 1882-22 September 1914), a fellow Canadian and brother of a fellow student, her husband Bernard died in the sinking of HMS Cressy on 22 September 1914 when Hester, with a young son, returned to Canada. Hester married secondly at Manhattan, New York on 3 September 1917, Henry Millican Cleminson, (27 February 1885-30 March 1970), solicitor, parliamentary agent and chairman & general manager of the Chamber of Shipping and they returned to England, Hester had a further two sons. Hester was a member of the Southwold, Suffolk, Sole Bay Group and in 1939, she was living at The Maltings, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex with her husband Henry, who in 1960, when of Southwold, Suffolk, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Hester Victoria Cleminson was of White Barn, Walberswick, Suffolk when she died at her Chelmsford home at The Maltings, Writtle on 11 March 1945 and buried at All Saints' Church, Writtle five days later.

Royal Academy Exhibits
as Hester Victoria Wood from 94 Redcliffe Gardens, Southwest London
1908 1831 Melissande - statuette
1910 1784 Scheherazade - statuette

Works by This Artist