KINGSFORD, Florence Kate

1872 - 1949

Born at Lewisham, London on 25 May 1872, daughter of Charles Tomson Kingsford, financial agent, and his wife Annie Harriette née Moseley, who married at St Stephen's church, Lewisham on 23 August 1866. In 1891, an 18 year old art student living at 7 Birch Grove, Lee, Lewisham with her parents, 47 year old Charles and 48 year old Annie, and her five siblings. A member off the Ipswich Art Club 1893-1896 and exhibited from 7 Birch Grove in 1895 five watercolours 'Head of a Spanish Girl', 'Autumn Daisies', 'Study of Buttercups', 'Norah' and 'Marcella' but does not seem to shown again. In 1901 a 28 year old artist living at 5 Stratford Studios, Kensington with fellow artist 30 year old Winifred V. Hansan. She worked for the Ashdene Press where she met her future husband [Sir] Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (1867-1962) who married at Headington, Oxford in December 1907. In 1911 she was a 38 year old living at 'Wayside', Cavendish Avenue, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge with her 43 year old husband, a director of Fitzwilliam Museum, and two of their three children including Sir Christopher Cockerell (1910-1999). Her husband convinced her to focus from illustration to illumination and calligraphy which she studied under Edward Johnston. Between 1900 and 1910 she produced 60 works but in 1916 became debilitated by Multiple Sclerosis but survived until 18 September 1949 when she died in the Middlesex South district. Her most well known piece was completed while making drawings of the finds of Flinders Petrie in Egypt from 1905-1906. Cockerell displayed Kate's calligraphy at major venues, including the Louvre in 1914, and after her death prepared a catalogue of all her works in his possession. Her manuscript of Akenaten's 'Hymn to Atten the Sun-Disc' currently is part of the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge.

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