HEMPSON, Elizabeth

1853 - 1932

Elizabeth Hempson, was born at Great Oakley, Essex in 1853, daughter of George Davey Hempson (1825-1874), a farmer, and his wife Emma née Wrinch, who married in the Samford district of Suffolk in 1850. In 1871, an 18 year old, living at Horsley Green, Bradfield, Essex with her parents, 45 year old George, who farmed 340 acres, and 43 year old Emma. Her father died at Bradfield Hall on 12 August 1874 and in 1881, her widowed mother was living at Bradfield Lodge, Manningtree, Essex, with her 22 year old son George, when Elizabeth was a visitor at The Rectory, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, the home of farmer William Sabberton. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1887-1893 and exhibited from Bradfield Lodge in 1888, two paintings 'Ramsey, near Harwich' and 'Mistley' and three in 1890 'On the Shore', 'Flatford Mill' and 'Low Tide'. Afterwards she seems to have visited friends, as in 1891 she was living at Mistley House, High Street, Mistley, Essex, the home of Charles Taylor and his family. In 1901, a 48 year old 'living on own means', at Portishead House, Mistley, keeping a single servant and was still in the same situation ten years later. She died at Portishead House, Mistley on 14 October 1932, aged 80, she was unmarried.