VULLIAMY, Blanche Georgiana

1869 - 1923

Blanche Georgiana Vulliamy, was born at Oakstead, Spring Road, Ipswich and baptised at St John's Church, Ipswich on 6 March 1869, fourth of the eleven surviving of thirteen children of Arthur Frederic Vulliamy (1838-1915), a solicitor, and his wife Anne Marie née Museur [Vulliamy q.v.], who married at Ipswich on 21 July 1864. In 1881, a 12 year old, living at Oakstead, Spring Road, Ipswich with her parents, 42 year old Arthur and 44 year old Anne, born in Brussels and ten siblings, Hugh Francis 15, Fanny Jane 14, Jeanette Anna 13, Frederic Arthur 10, Eva Katherine 9, Cecil Palisser 6, Lionel Hastings 5, Justin Drayton 4, Grace Charlotte 2 and newly born Violet Norah, all born at Ipswich. In 1891, a 22 year old art student, living at Alexandra House, Hyde Park Gate, Kensington and in 1901, a 31 year old pottery designer, living at 6 Pitt Street, Kensington, London and was still there ten years later. She created goblins and other grotesque figures from a wide variety of materials with special emphasis on wax and clay models which were used as a basis for pottery designs. At a pottery exhibition at Alexandra House in 1904, Queen Mary, then the Princess of Wales, purchased some of her ‘Smiley Poggs’ caricature pottery figures for which Blanche was well known. Blanche moved to Torquay, Devon to live with her grandparents, during which time she acquainted herself with the pottery industry in South Devon, particularly the Aller Vale Art Pottery, and the potteries in Barnstaple, North Devon. She was still of 6 Pitt Street, Kensington, London when she died at The Cottage, Ring Street, Chesham, Buckinghamshire on 4 August 1923, aged 54, she was unmarried.




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