WEEKES, Alice Eliza

1854 - 1929

Alice Eliza Weekes was born at Copthorne, Surrey at the end of 1854 and baptised at Burstow, Surrey on 12 August 1855, daughter of sculptor Henry Weekes (14 January 1807-28 May 1877) and his second wife Eliza Alice Burrows (sometimes Burroughs) (1823-8 July 1883), only daughter of Charles Burrows of Kennington, who married at St Mary's Church, Lambeth, London on 23 June 1849, she was the sister of Percy Weekes. Henry's first wife's name was Susan (died 1846) and her stepbrothers were artists Henry Weekes (27 March 1832-30 November 1902) and Herbert William Weeks (8 May 1841-21 November 1914). Alice studied art and, on the death of her father at 96 Buckingham Palace Road, London in 1877, she and her brother Percy Weekes came to Suffolk, where Alice became a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1878, and as Miss A. Weekes, exhibited two pictures in 1879 'Sweet Seventeen' and 'A Rustic Beauty'. However, she had married at St Barnabus, Kensington, London on 1 June 1878, Humphrey Wingfield Tracy (1845-9 January 1912), a dentist of Britannia Road, Ipswich and they moved to Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk. Humphrey was the younger brother of Suffolk artists Samuel William Tracy, Agnes Loveridge Tracy, Jessie Fife Tracy and Isabel Martha Wingfield Tracy. In 1891, Humphrey was a 45-year-old dentist, living at 6 Hatter Street, Bury St Edmund's with his 35[sic] year-old wife Alice with their children, 9-year-old Horace and 4-year-old Dorothy, both born at Bury St Edmund's, also living with them was 14-year-old Lilian Weekes. Humphrey and Alice were still living at Hatter Street in 1911 and Humphrey died at Bury St Edmund's the following year, aged 66. Alice Eliza Tracy died at The Waverley Hotel, Felixstowe, Suffolk on 26 August 1929, aged 76.