ADAMS, Elinor Proby

1885 - 1945

Elinor Proby Adams was born at Market Hill, Sudbury, Suffolk on 18 October 1885, only child of Henry George Adams, a chemist at Sudbury, and his wife Clara Elizabeth née Bradley (30 May 1857-1952), who married at St Stephen's, Albert Square, South Lambeth, London on 10 July 1884. By 1891, they had moved to 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, Elinor 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 was 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 Royal Academy; the Newlyn Art Gallery; Alpine Club Gallery; Goupil Gallery; International Society of Sculptors Painters; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Manchester City Art Gallery; New English Art Club; Royal Cambrian Academy of Art; London Portrait Gallery and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour. 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 Proby Adams, of Carysfort, 17 Vine Avenue, Sevenoaks died at Pembury Hospital on 18 December 1945, aged 60, she was unmarried.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Carysfort, Woodcote Grove Road, Coulsdon
1917 621 The Old Church, Coulsdon
from Carysfort, 17 Vine Avenue, Sevenoaks
1925 484 Chrysanthemums
1927 363 Flowers
1941 314 Thursday Market, Dieppe

Works by This Artist