BRAITHWAITE, Mary Elizabeth

1874 - 1952

Mary Elizabeth Braithwaite, was born at Great Waldingfield Rectory, Sudbury, Suffolk and baptised at Great Waldingfield on 7 June 1874, eldest daughter and second child of the seven children of Revd Francis Joseph Braithwaite (1837-1889) and his wife Mary née Hoppkinson, who married at Oundle, Northamptonshire in 1871. Mary studied at Brighton where she was living with her widowed mother in 1891, with four siblings Margaret Dorothea 12, Thomas M. 10, Richard E. 7 and Humphrey Layfield 5, but the family returned to live at Acton Place, near Long Melford, Suffolk. In 1911, a 36 year old ‘artist’ and ‘social work’ was living at 78 Gloucester Place, Portman Square, London whilst her mother had moved into Brook House, Long Melford. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1933-1951 but had exhibited from Brook House, Long Melford in 1923, two watercolours 'Boats, Walberswick Harbour' and 'North Aisle, Westminster Abbey', in 1933 showing an oil 'Hall Mill, Long Melford' and a watercolour 'From Loch MarMarie', in 1935 four oils 'Suilven, near Loch Inver', 'Ullapool', 'Dorny Castle from the Ferry' and 'Archilbuie', in 1937 an oil 'Oetysse, Norway' and watercolours 'Lady Street, Lavenham', 'In Norway', 'Bergen' and 'Water Street, Lavenham', in 1943 she exhibited four works 'Mixed Vase', 'Lilies and Delphiniums', 'Honeysuckle' and 'Clematis' and was a regular annual exhibitor, all from Brook House, Long Melford. She also exhibited at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, London Salon and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, 1909-1923. She died at Brook House, Long Melford on 11 February 1952, aged 77, she was unmarried. Two of her brothers Francis Joseph and Humphry and her sister Margaret, are recorded in the Roll of Honour in Great Waldingfield Church.