VARLEY, Eleanor Doris

1902 - 1976

The Barn

Eleanor Doris Varley, was born at Willesden, London on 26 October 1902, daughter of Illingworth Varley (11 April 1860-14 January 1942), artist and art teacher, and his wife Eleanor née Pack (17 July 1870-8 April 1951), who married at Hendon, Middlesex in 1900. In 1911, 44 year old Illingworth and 40 year old Eleanor, were living at Knoll Lodge, Malvern Wells, Upton-on-Severn, Worcestershire with their two daughters, 8 year old Eleanor Doris and 4 year old Mabel Illingworth, who later was also an artist. Eleanor was educated at Lawnside, Great Malvern and studied at Willesden and Regent Street Polytechnic Schools of Art after which she held several teaching positions in East Anglia and in the North of England eventually becoming principal of Lowestoft School of Arts and Crafts and lived at Lowestoft for many years. In 1939, an assistant art finisher, living at 52 Acton Road, Lowestoft and a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1946-1953 from Lowestoft. A painter in watercolour and a draughtsman in pen and ink, also exhibiting at the Society of Women Artists; Royal Academy and widely in Norfolk and Suffolk and was an illustrator of several books including 'Soil and Sense' and 'The Fish Gate' by Michael Graham. Eleanor died at Knoll Lodge, Malvern Wells, Worcestershire on 6 September 1976, she was unmarried. Her sister Mabel Illingworth Varley was also an artist and art teacher, was born on 18 January 1907 and died at Knoll House on 2 January 1992.




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