AIRY, Anna

1882 - 1964

Anna Airy

Anna Airy, was born at Greenwich, London on 6 June 1882, only daughter of Wilfred Airy (1836-1925), civil engineer, the son of Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-1892), astronomer royal; and his wife Anna, who died in childbirth, daughter of Professor Listing of Gottingen, Lower Saxony, Germany. Raised under the care of her two maiden aunts, Annot Airy [q.v.] and Christabel Airy [q.v.], who were both artists, and educated at Slade School of Art 1899-1903 and studied under Frederick Brown (1851-1941), Frederick Wilson Steer [q.v.] and Henry Tonks (1862-1937), being awarded a Slade scholarship in 1903 and the Melville Nettleship Prize for three consecutive years. In 1906, Anna was elected a member of the Pastel Society, in 1908 an associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, in 1909 a member of the Royal Institute of Painters, in 1913 a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and in 1918 a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, and was one of the most respected female artists of her generation. Anna exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, every year bar one 1905-1956, and at international exhibitions in Paris, Stockholm, Milan, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal and some of her paintings are in the royal collection and the Queen Mother used a reproduction for one of her Christmas cards. A member of the Ipswich Art Club, 1903-1964 and its first woman president and where she exhibited regularly, and was also chairman of Ipswich Museumís committee and although she was living at Playford, Ipswich she exhibited at Ipswich from 5 Parkhill Road Studios, London in 1923, an oil 'A Suffolk Stable', three etchings 'Apple Blossom', 'Theft' and 'Goldfinches Fighting' and a pen & colour drawing 'Pomona's Glory' and in 1933 from Playford, Ipswich an oil 'Spring Birthday' and a watercolour 'Time of Harvest'. Although known by her maiden name, she married on 18 February 1916, artist Geoffrey Buckingham Pocock [q.v.], who had taught at the Slade. In 1923, her address was 5 Parkhill Road Studios, London but in 1933 Anna and her husband moved to 'The Cottage', Playford, near Ipswich where she remained for the rest of her life. Anna died at Playford on 23 October 1964, without issue, her only surviving relative being her cousin Colonel Airy of Gloucester. After her death, forty of her paintings were sold at the Haste Gallery, Ipswich but the whereabouts of the balance of her collection is not known. In 1930 she published 'Art of Pastel', in 1945 'London Lyrices' and in 1953 'Making a Start in Art'.

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