THOMSON, Alice

1855 - 1937

Alice Vass, was born at Bedfont, Hounslow, Middlesex in 1855 and baptised at East Bedfort on 20 January 1856, daughter of Samuel Vass, a labourer, and his wife Eliza née Butler. In 1861, a 5 year old, living at Duke's Head, Bedfont, Staines, Middlesex with her parents, 31 year old Samuel and 28 year old Eliza, with siblings Eliza 6, Harriet 3, Charles 1 and newly born Samuel, all born at Bedfont. She married at Brentford, Middlesex in 1886, William Profeit Thomson (1849-1927), a journalist who was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. In 1891, 35 year old Alice was living at Belgrave Terrace, Holls Lane, Acton, Middlesex with her 42 year old husband William, and two children, Nellie S. 4 and Alexander Profeit 1, both born at Acton and both died in 1895. In 1901 William and Alice were living at 25 Bollo Lane, Acton and were still there in 1911, when William was a sub-editor on a gardening newspaper. As Mrs W. P. Thomson, was a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1894-1902 who exhibited five pictures in 1897 from Brooklands, Crescent Road, East Barnet, London, 'Wild Flowers', 'Yellow Chrysanthemums' 'Heather', 'Twilight' and 'Poppies', in 1891 Brooklands was the home of 37 year old Hannah Smith with her siblings Elizabeth 35, John G. 32 and Anne 29, all unmarried. In 1898 she exhibited from Lyle Cottage, Florence Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire 'The Cornish Cliff' and 'Cornwall-A Sketch', Lyle Cottage was then the home of 30 year old artist Arthur Marshall and his family. She did not exhibit in later years. She died at 7 London Road, Chelmsford, Essex on 20 March 1937.