1851 - 1918

Emily Duncan

Emily Duncan was born at 21 Grove End Road, St John's Wood, Marylebone, London in 1851, daughter of George Duncan (1 December 1815-20 September 1854), proprietor of houses, and his wife Emily née Jones (1827-15 April 1898), who married at Marylebone in 1847. George Duncan died in 1854 and in 1861, 9-year-old Emily was living at 18 Priory Road, Hampstead, with her 34-year-old widowed mother and three siblings, George Frederick 13, John Wallis 11 and Eliza Anne 7, all born at St John's Wood. By 1871, they had moved to 7 Abbots Road, Hampstead and in 1881, young Emily was a 29-year-old art student at Kensington, still living at Hampstead with the family and in 1891 she won a scholarship at Hartley Wintney Art School in Hampshire. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1894-1903 and exhibited from Abbotsleigh, Maidenhead in 1895 five paintings, an oil 'Roses' and four watercolours 'Boathouse on the Bure', 'Hastings, Beach Mist', 'Cornfield' and 'Sunlight on the Beach, Hastings' and exhibited a further seventeen pictures 1896-1897. In 1899 she exhibited from 33 Priory Road, Kilburn, London two oils, 'Autumn' and 'A Landing Place, Potter Heigham', which were her last at Ipswich. In 1901, a 49-year-old visitor 'living on own means', at the home of Marianne Mansell, an artist/painter, at 5 Fernshaw Road, Chelsea, London and exhibited at the Society of Women Artists in 1904 'The Staithe' also exhibiting at Hampstead Art School in the same year. In 1911, she was staying at the Edinburgh Hotel, St Leonard's-on-sea, Sussex. Emily Duncan died at 3 Abbots Road, West Hampstead on 2 August 1918, aged 66, she was unmarried.