METCALFE, Joanna Catherine

1853 - 1945

Joanna Catherine Metcalfe, known as Kate, was born at Ipswich on 27 February 1853, eldest child of William Leopold Metcalfe (1818-29 June 1863), cheese factor, formerly a soap manufacturer at Great Yarmouth, and his wife Joanna Rutt Burton (1821-26 December 1895), younger daughter of Charles Burton of Ipswich, who married at Tacket Street Chapel, Ipswich on 3 March 1852, Joanna was the sister of Emma Grace Metcalfe. In 1861, an 8 year old, living at 12 Anglesea Road, Ipswich with her parents 42 year old William and 39 year old Joanna with four siblings, Anna Beatrice 5, Emma Grace 3, William 1 and newly born Charles James, and retained four indoor servants, they had three other daughters, Elizabeth Frances who died on 5 December 1859, aged 5, Florence who died on 9 December 1859, aged 1 year and 8 months, and Alice Maude, who died on 24 October 1880, aged 18. Her father was buried in Ipswich cemetery on 4 July 1863. Joanna studied at the Ipswich School of Science and Art obtaining her certificate in Art in 1874 and in 1891 young Joanna was a 38 year old assistant drawing teacher, living at Windcote, Ivry Street, Ipswich with her 69 year old widowed mother Joanna and her 35 year old sibling sister Anna Beatrice. As J. Kate Metcalfe, an exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from Windcote, Ivry Street, Ipswich in 1882 'Ripe Fruit'. She does not seem to have exhibited again. Their surname is sometimes Metcalf and young Joanna often went under the name of Kate. On the death of her mother at Ipswich on 26 December 1895, Joanna moved away from Ipswich and in 1901, was vice principal of a Ladies Finishing School, which was owned by her aunt, 73 year old Anna Sophie Metcalfe and by 1911 was Head of School at Highfield, Hendon, Middlesex. In 1939 she was a retired head teacher living at Mote Side, 43 Willington Street, Maidstone, Kent where she died on 26 March 1945, aged 92, she was unmarried.