1889 - 1956

Nellie Richardson

As Ellen Eliza Richardson, she was born at Hackney, London on 3 January 1889, daughter of William John Richardson, a printer compositor, and his wife Agnes Ada née Brown, who married at Bethnal Green, London in 1884. In 1901, a 13 year old, living at 31 Candy Street, Stratford le Bow, London with her parents, 37 year old John and 35 year old Agnes, and four siblings Agnes Ada 14, Ida Matilda 7, Rose Henrietta 4 and William James Frederick 1, all born in London. Nellie married at Chelsea in 1909, William Kay Blacklock (1872-11 August 1924) [q.v.] and they had one daughter. In 1911, a 23 year old, living at 46 Gunder Grove, Chelsea, London with her husband and one year old daughter Eleanor Irene, born Chelsea. Ellen, known as Nellie, was Blacklock's model for a series of paintings between 1910 and 1917 and the illustration is a painting by Blacklock and is probably Nellie. About 1912 they moved to 'The Barn' at Walberswick, Suffolk and were still there in 1916 but later moved to 152 Fosse Road South, Leicester and then to Polperro, Cornwall where her husband died in 1924. She took up watercolour flower painting and won the RHS silver medal for floral painting at Chelsea in 1926. Under her maiden name of Richardson, Nellie exhibited at the Royal Academy 1915, 1916, 1925-1928; the Walker Art Gallery and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour from The Barn, Walberswick, Suffolk in 1915, Leicester in 1920 and London in 1926 when her address was 4 Sydney Street, Chelsea. In 1927 Nellie married secondly at Kensington, London, Dr Edward James Bernard Sewell (2 August 1888-23 September 1966), a medical practitioner, when she seems to have given up exhibiting. In 1939, Nellie was living at 56 Westwood Park Road, Peterborough with her husband Edward. She was of Vounder House, Penzance, Cornwall when she died in West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance on 3 September 1956, aged 68. She signed her later works 'Nellie Blacklock'.

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