LIGHTFOOT, Dorothy

1909 - 2002

Dorothy Edith Amelia Lightfoot, was born at Broadstairs, Kent on 5 August 1909, only child of Frederick Lightfoot, a blind piano tuner, and his wife Edith Emily née Barton, who married in 1908 and who died in 1922, leaving Dorothy to care for her blind father. In 1911, a 1 year old, living at 5 Stanley Place, Broadstairs with her parents, 40 year old Frederick and 35 year old Edith. A benefactor, who recognised her drawing talent, enabled her to train at the Central School of Art in London, her teachers included William Roberts (1895-1980), Noel Rooke (1881-1953) and Clarke Hutton (1898-1984). In 1939, a commercial artist, living at The Bungalow, Blean, Kent with a companion and contributed to the Second World War effort by supervising groups of Land Army girls after which she moved to Suffolk and worked for the Post Office as a draughtsman and designer. At this time, when her painting output was at its height, she held many exhibitions in Ipswich and she later turned to watercolours, taking the landscape and architecture of Suffolk as her inspiration. Best known for her oil paintings of Stour barges, and landscapes of Suffolk, her subject matter is reminiscent of the late 18th century, and the style could easily be examplary of the Norwich School. She exhibited in mixed shows at Frinton Galleries, Frinton-on-sea, Essex and solo shows at Northgate Gallery 1973-1975 and Haste Gallery 1976-1980, both in Ipswich. In retirement she moved to Chichester where she continued to paint, draw and exhibit until her health failed. She died on 26 November 2002, aged 93, she was unmarried.




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