DE GALE, Jean Hervey

1935 - 2016

Jean De Gale

As Elizabeth Jean Hervey, she was born at Westminster, London on 7 May 1935, daughter of Eric Sedgwick Hervey (1879-1963) and his wife Marjorie née Worth (1902-1988) of The Grove, Little Bealings, Suffolk, who married at Holbeach, Lincolnshire in 1927. As an artist, Jean was influenced by her uncle Gerald Hervey and studied under painter Anna Airy [q.v.]. Jean studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art 1954-1958, working in a variety of media, but by the 1960s she was focused on pastels, which remained her trademark through to her final years and she specialised in portraits, houses and gardens but experimented with periods of scraperboard; an occasional return to oils; textiles; life drawing in pen, pencil or charcoal; and a late-flourishing career as an architectural artist, taking commissions and illustrating for many of the tourist information boards in the area. She married at Little Bealings, Ipswich in December 1965, David De Gale, after which she painted under the name of Jean De Gale. Jean exhibited at the Royal Academy; the Royal Society of Marine Artists; the Royal Society of Portrait Painters; the Society of Botanical Artists and at The Mall Galleries, London. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1963-1978 and as Mrs Jean De Gale exhibited from Dernford Hall, Sweffling, Saxmundham, Suffolk in 1978, three paintings 'Near Diano Calderina', 'Peasant Group, Diano Colderina' and 'Old Chapel, Diano Calderina'. After her move to Stamford, Lincolnshire Jean also exhibited at the Welland Valley Art Society, Stamford in 2011 which included two mixed media works 'Portrait Study' and 'Ancient Olive Tree', a pastel 'Turquoise Turban' and a pastel & pen 'Grenada, W.I.'. A repeating theme of Jean's work was travel, including Scotland, Wales, New York, Italy, Grenada, Holland, France and elsewhere always leaving pictures as gifts. Jean died on 20 October 2016, aged 81 leaving a husband David and two sons.

Works by This Artist