CUMMING, Constance Hilda

1872 - 1927

Constance Hilda Cumming, was born at Shepperton, Middlesex on 12 February 1872, daughter of Richard Somerville Cumming, merchant, and his wife Gertrude Lloyd née Beales, who married at Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1866. In 1891, a 19 year old, living at Dedham Hall, Brook Street, Dedham, Essex with her parents, 50 year old Richard, ‘living on own means’, born Tooting Bec, Wandsworth, and 50 year old Gertrude, born Halesworth, Suffolk and her three siblings, Lilian Grace 20, Alice Bertha 17 and Francis [Frank] Christian 15. Hilda studied at the Herkomer Art School at Bushey, Hertfordshire 1893 and was a miniature, painter exhibiting at the Royal Academy from The Hall, Dedham, Essex in 1895 'Miss Maud Percival' in 1897 from the Apiary, Bushey 'Miss Noel Read, 'Portrait of a Lady', 'Master Charles Smith', Miss Lily Nicholas' and 'Miss Margaret Smith' and in 1898 from Freston Hill, Ipswich 'Miss Janet Home' and in 1910 from 4 Meadow Studios, Bushey 'Miss Jane Home', she also exhibited at the Royal Miniature Society. On 23 October 1914, she sailed from Liverpool on the later ill fated Lusitania for New York, which was sunk by a German U-Boat on its return journey. Constance was of Hillocks, Newtown Road, Cookham, Berkshire when she died at Ringrove Nursing Home, Woking, Surrey on 20 October 1927, aged 55, she was unmarried.