KINGSFORD, Florence Kate

1872 - 1949

Florence Kate Kingsford, was 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 Maria Charlotte 23, Anne J. 19, Norah Bertha 16, Olive Gertrude Moseley 13 and Marjorie J. B. 1, all born in London. A member of 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 at Ipswich again. In 1901, a 28 year old artist, living at 5 Stratford Studios, Kensington with fellow artist, 30 year old Winifred V. Hansan. Florence worked for the Ashdene Press where she met her future husband [Sir] Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (1867-1962), and they married at Headington, Oxford in December 1907. In 1911, a 38 year old, living at 'Wayside', Cavendish Avenue, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge with her 43 year old husband, a director of the 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 (1872-1944). Between 1900 and 1910 she produced 60 works but in 1916 became debilitated by Multiple Sclerosis, She was of 21 Kew Gardens Road, Richmond, Surrey when she died at the Nightingale Nursing Home, Strafford Road, Twickenham, Middlesex on 18 September 1949. Her most well known piece was completed while making drawings of the finds of Flinders Petrie (1852-1953) in Egypt from 1905-1906. Sir Sydney Cockerell displayed Kate's calligraphy at major venues, including the Louvre in 1914, and after her death prepared a catalogue of all of her works then in his possession. Her manuscript of Akenaten's 'Hymn to Atten the Sun-Disc' is currently part of the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge.

Works by This Artist