BARNES, Gertrude Lilian

1872 - 1951

Gertrude Lilian Barnes, was born at Eye, Suffolk on 1 January 1872, youngest of the two daughters of Henry James Barnes, grocer & draper, and his wife Julia née Barnes, who married at Eye in 1866. In 1891, living at Castle Street, Eye with her parents, 47 year old Harry James and 49 year old Julia but by 1901 they had retired to ‘The Lindens’, Melton, near Woodbridge, Suffolk the year that her father Henry died on 22 November, aged 58. In 1911, Gertrude was living at ‘The Saunders’, Melton Road, Woodbridge with her 69 year old widowed mother Julia and her married sister Edith Julia Dixon. As Miss L. Barnes of Eye, a member of Ipswich Art Club in 1891, but did not exhibit and as Gertrude, a member 1928-1933 and exhibited works in oils and watercolours between 1927-1933, from ‘Burnside’ Melton, near Woodbridge, Suffolk. Her works included in 1927 'June Flowers', 'May Tulips', 'Antirrhinums', 'Foxglove' and 'Aquilegia', in 1932 'The Old Oak Shelf', in 1933 an oil ‘Familiar Wild Flowers’, watercolours ‘A Summer Bunch’, 'A Spring Bunch' and 'A Posy'. She died at Chilton Hill House, Newton Road, Sudbury, Suffolk on 3 December 1951, aged 79, she was unmarried. Some of her work has been conflated with American artist Gertrude Jameson Barnes (1865-1926).