MATHEW, [Kathleen] Ruby Evelyn

1894 - 1991

Ruby Evelyn Mathew was born at Dovercourt, Essex on 19 January 1894, daughter of Gervase Frederick Mathew (1842-1928), naval paymaster-in-chief, and his wife Frances Sarah née Hinchcliff, who married at Barnstable, Devon in 1880. Known as Kathleen, she was a sister to Doris Mathew [q.v.] and Francis Mathew [q.v.]. In 1901, a 7 year old living at Lee House, 27 Marine Parade, Dovercourt, Essex with her parents, 59 year old Gervase and 41 year old Frances and four siblings, Murray 12, David 11, Doris 9 and Francis 4, all born at Dovercourt. A boarder at a private school at Thornbank, Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-sea, Sussex in 1911. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1923-1951, exhibiting from Lee House, Dovercourt in 1923 three works, two oils 'Capt Cecil Tidswll' and 'Nora, wife of Lieut. C G N Graham, R.N.' and a pencil drawing 'In a French Garden', in 1927 six works, three oils 'November Sunset in Devon', 'Blythburgh Church' and 'The Estuary of the Torridge' and three watercolours 'Still Life', 'The Bridge into Pulborough, Sussex' and 'Nancyh'. She exhibited annually including two works in 1937 'The Deserted Garden' and 'Design for Altar Piece' and in 1938 two watercolours 'Still Life' and 'Adlington Church, Kew' and two pencil sketches 'The Idealist' and 'Sketch for a Child's Bookplate' and in 1944 she had on show two sketch portraits 'David Michael, aged 18' and 'David Michael, aged 8'. She died at Wandsworth, London in 1991, she was unmarried.