SOUTH, Maude

1865 - 1951

Maude South was born at Little Foulton Hall, Ramsey, Essex in 1865, daughter of John South (1828-30 October 1892), a farmer, and his wife Sarah Cooper (1837-18 September 1911), eldest daughter of Edgar Cooper of Great Bromley, who married at Great Oakley Church, Essex on 11 February 1857. In 1871 the family were living at Little Foulton Hall but by 1881 were farming at Alton Hall, Stutton near Ipswich, where 15-year-old Maude was a living with her parents, 52-year-old John and 43-year-old Sarah, with siblings Sarah Kate 23, Cyril Frederick 18, Marian Edith 13, Edward Percy 11 and Cooper 7, all born at Ramsey, with a governess and two indoor servants. Maude studied at the Ipswich School of Science & Art being awarded prizes in 1887 from South Kensington School of Art. A landscape painter in oils and a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1889-1907 and exhibited from Alton Hall, Stutton, Ipswich in 1888, two works 'Dedham Mill House' and 'Near Flatford Lock, Spring', in 1889 four works 'Near Playford Hall', 'The Hollow by Holbrook Fish Ponds', 'Stutton Rectory Approach' and 'Fir Tree Hill, Holbrook' and in 1890 'Gun Hill, Dedham', 'A Glimpse at Stutton Rectory' and 'Pin Mill'. In 1894 she was living at Bank House, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, exhibiting in the following year two works, 'The Ford at Flatford' and 'Stands in the Sun and Shadow all Beneath', which seem to have been her last, but she had been a regular exhibitor showing some twenty-three works 1888-1895. She also exhibited at the Woodbridge Industrial & Art Exhibition in 1887 two works. Her father died at Alton Hall in 1892, aged 71, when the family moved to Ordnance Lodge, Crescent Road, Ipswich where they were living in 1901 but about 1907 mother and daughter went to live with Maude's brother John Arthur South, a manager at a patent medicine factory, at 8 Champion Park, Denmark Hill, Camberwell, London where her mother Sarah died in 1911, aged 73. Maude South died back in Suffolk at The White Cottage, Rushmere, Ipswich on 12 March 1951, aged 85, she was unmarried. Her mother Sarah South had also been a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1894-1896 but have found no exhibits.