ADAMS, Elinor Proby

1885 - 1945

Elinor Proby Adams, was born at Sudbury, Suffolk on 18 October 1885, only child of Henry George Adams, a chemist, and his wife Clara Elizabeth née Bradley (1857-1952), who married at Lambeth, London in 1884. In 1891, her father kept a chemist’s shop at High Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire and in 1901 Elinor was living at 31 St Michael’s Road, Bedford with her parents, 43 year old Henry and 43 year old Clara. After education at Bedford local school, she studied at the Slade School of Art gaining honours for figure-painting in the 1907-1908 session, also winning equal first prizes of £4 10s., with Douglas G. MacLaren (1888-1925), for painting heads and awarded a Slade Scholarship as well as the British Institution Scholarship worth £100. A painter of portraits animals, landscapes, interiors and flowers and she exhibited at the Newlyn Art Gallery; Alpine Club Gallery; Goupil Gallery; International Society; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Manchester City Art Gallery; New English Art Club; the Royal Academy 1917-1941; Royal Cambrian Academy; London Portrait Gallery and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour 1908-1941, her exhibited works included 'The old Church, Coulsden', 'Chrysanthemums' and 'Thursday Market, Dieppe'. In 1911, living with her parents at Carysfort, Smitham Bottom Lane, Coulsden, Surrey but in 1927 was living at Carysfort, Vine Avenue, Sevenoaks, Kent. For part of her career she lectured on crafts and acted as art critic and reviewer for 'Home and Abroad' and was also a book illustrator and mural decorator and produced lithographs. In 1939, an artist & teacher still living at 17 Vine Avenue, Sevenoaks with her widowed mother, who survived her daughter. Elinor, of Carysfort, 17 Vine Avenue, Sevenoaks died at Pembury Hospital on 18 December 1945, aged 60, she was unmarried.

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