LACEY, Mary Elliott

1923 - 2004

As Mary Elliott Lewis, she was born at Kings Norton, Worcestershire on 26 September 1923, daughter of Wilfred Lewis (31 July 1884-29 December 1946), a head teacher, and his wife Maude Mary née Bishop (19 September 1885-16 May 1964), who married at Rotherham, Yorkshire in 1916. Mary studied at Birmingham School of Art 1939-1944 under Bernard Fleetwood-Walker (1893-1965) and then taught at Mansfield School of Art for seven years after which spent two years at Wolverhampton College of Art. She married at Birmingham in 1951, Henry Howard Lacey (28 June 1927-30 July 1996) and they had a son and two daughters. An artist in gouache, oil, pencil and conte crayon, and a founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists. She exhibited at Mall Gallery and at Tryon Galleries; Slimbridge Wild Fowl Trust, and elsewhere in the U.K., and in Paris also had several solo shows at Fairfield Halls, Croydon. Mary illustrated regularly for Hamlyn; Balberry Publishing and the National Parks of America also designing several figures for James Hamilton (born 1948). Medici, Royle and the World Wildlife Fund have reproduced Lacey's pictures and she was commissioned to produce nine works for the Sultan of Oman. Mary Elliott Lacey lived at Meadowbank, Snape Road, Sudbourne, near Woodbridge, Suffolk and she died at Ipswich on 2 February 2004.

Works by This Artist