LADELL, Ellen Maria

1853 - 1912

As Ellen Maria Levett, she was born at Ipswich in 1853, daughter of George Levett (18 August 1814-30 May 1901), a foundry smith, and his wife Maria née Wells, who married at Framlingham, Suffolk in January 1841. In 1861, Ellen was a 7-year-old, living at 30 Borough Road, Ipswich with her parents, 48-year-old George and 49-year-old Maria, with two elder siblings, Henry 18 and Louisa 16, both born at Framlingham and a younger sister, 4-year-old Kate, born at Ipswich. Ellen initially worked as a milliner and sought artistic training and became a pupil of Edward Ladell who was a widower and they married at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on 21 October 1878. After a couple of years in Torquay, in 1879 they moved to Exeter and in 1881, Ellen was a 26-year-old, living at 99 Sidwell Street, Exeter, Devon with her 59-year-old husband Edward and their 2-year-old son Kenwyn (1879-1965). An artist in a style almost identical to her husband's usually signing with her full name, whereas Edward used the EL monogram back-to-back. A member 1884-1890 and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club from 1883, from 99 St Sidwell's, Exeter, an oil 'Fruit, Roses and Still Life' and in 1884 'Fruit and Flowers'. Her husband Edward, died at Kenwyn Lodge, 1 Prospect Park, St Sidwells, Exeter on 9 November 1886 and she married again at St James's Church, Exeter on 28 April 1889, George Turner White (1854-17 March 1899), a divisional insurance superintendent for the Southwest. In 1891, a 35-year-old artist painter in oil, living at Prospect Park, Exeter, Devon with her 36-year-old husband George, and her son by Edward Ladell, 12-year-old Kenwyn and she had a studio at 20 Queen Street, Exeter. Her husband George, died at Chesterfield House, St John's Hill, Wandsworth, London in 1899 and in 1901, Ellen was a 44 [sic] year-old widow, living at Bridestow, Okehampton, Devon with her two daughters Marguerite 7, born at Exeter and Violet Ladell, born at Clapham, London on 10 June 1896. By 1911, Ellen had returned to her hometown and was living on her own means at 330 Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich with her 14-year-old daughter Violet, a student, and a 52-year-old unmarried servant Emily Levett. As Ellen Maria Ladell White she died at Ipswich on 11 June 1912, with her son Kenwyn as an executor to her will.

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