METCALFE, Emma Grace

1856 - 1900

Emma Grace Metcalfe was born at Ipswich in 1856, third child of William Leopold Metcalfe (1818-29 June 1863), a 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, Emma's sibling sister was Joanna Catherine Metcalfe. In 1861, Emma was a 4 year old, living at 12 Anglesea Road, Ipswich with her parents 42 year old William and 39 year old Joanna with four siblings, Joanna Catherine 8, Anna Beatrice 5, William 1 and newly born Charles James, and they kept 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 and in 1871 their 49-year-old widowed mother and family were living at Ivry Steet, Ipswich. Emma was an exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from Windcote, Ivry Street, Ipswich in 1883 when she exhibited a table lot 'Pair of Red Teacups' but this seems to have been her only exhibit at the Art Club. Emma, like her sister Joanna, became an assistant teacher at Highfield Ladies School, Hendon, Middlesex which was owned by her maiden aunt Anna Sophie Metcalfe, and where she was living in 1881. Emma Grace Metcalfe married at Marylebone, London in 1898, James William Fraser Lowndes (28 November 1854-18 August 1905), a company secretary, and son of Robert Gillies Lowndes. Emma Grace Lowndes died, shortly after her marriage, at Haverstock Hill, Hampstead, London on 5 January 1900 and was buried at Ipswich on 10 January 1900, aged 43.