BUTLER, Hester

1877 - 1935

Hester Butler was born at Northchurch, Hertfordshire in 1877, younger daughter of Revd George Hew Butler (1847-29 March 1929) and his wife Florence Augusta Agnes Annie Measor (1855-1918), second daughter of Charles Measor of Exeter, who married at St James' Church Piccadilly, London on 27 January 1875. In 1881, Hester was a 4-year-old, living at 12 East Park Terrace, Southampton, where her father was the 33-year-old curate of Holy Trinity, Southampton, with his 26-year-old wife Florence, born at London and Hester’s three siblings, Georgina Hester Mary 5, Alma Dora 2 and newly born Stephen Seymour, all born at Northchurch, and they retained four indoor servants. Hester was educated in Paris and studied at Royal College of Art and at Brussels Academy. He father took the living of the vicarage of Gazeley, near Newmarket, Suffolk. As Miss H. Butler, of Gazeley she exhibited four pencil drawings at the Suffolk Art and Aid Association at the Athenaeum, Bury St Edmund's on 28 October 1908. A portrait painter who exhibited at the Royal Academy and her work was also exhibited at Brighton Art Galleries and the Petersfield Arts & Crafts Society. Hester Butler was of 11 Oakley Street, Chelsea when she died at the Royal Bethlem Hospital, Beckenham, Kent on 22 September 1935, aged 57, she was unmarried.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Gazeley Vicarage, The Street, Moulton Lane, near Newmarket, Suffolk
1910 288 Dorothy, daughter of J. C. Buckstone, Esq.
from Rosemary Cottage, Harting, Petersfield, Hampshire
1928 436 Diana Windham