SMITH, Maria Isabella

1880 - 1979

As Maria Isabella Gross, she was born at Gonville Place, Cambridge on 18 August and baptised at St Barnabas, Cambridge on 19 September 1880, daughter of Edward John Gross (1844-1923), bursar of Caius College, and his wife Maria Isabella née Chance (1852-1886), who married at Upton-on-Severn, Worcestershire in 1877, his father Edward John Gross was born at Alderton, Suffolk. Maria married in 1912, Rupert Hamblin Smith (1872-19 August 1936) of Cambridge, who died Bromeswell, Woodbridge, Suffolk. Maria was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1919-1948 and exhibited from 'Hamblin', 7 Botolph Lane, Cambridge in 1927, four oil paintings 'Poachers', 'Little St Mary's Lane, Cambridge', 'Nirvana' and 'The Wine List', two in 1932 'On the Heath' and 'The Edge of the Wood', two watercolours in 1933 'Fir Trees' and 'The Holly Tree' and three in 1934 'The Wood', 'Lost' and 'Martlesham Red Lion' and was a regular annual exhibitor. She was also a member of the Cambridge Drawing Society from 1902, where she gave lessons, also exhibiting at Birmingham Royal Society of Artists; Liverpool Walker Art Gallery; London Salon; Royal Academy and Society of Women Artists. In 1939, a widow, still living at 7 Botolph Lane, Cambridge. As Maria Isabella Hamblin Smith, she died at 7 Botolphs Lane, Cambridge on 4 November 1979.