HEMPSON, Elizabeth

1853 - 1932

Elizabeth Hempson was born at Great Oakley, Essex in 1853, daughter of George Davey Hempson (1825-12 August 1874), a farmer, and his wife Emma (1827-26 September 1895), eldest daughter of Leonard Wrinch of Ewarton Hall, who married Ewarton Church, near Ipswich on 21 November 1850. George Davey Hempson was a brother to Amis Hempson, the father of Katharine Hempson. In 1871, Elizabeth was an 18-year-old, living at Bradfield Lodge, 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. Elizabeth was a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1887-1893 and exhibited 12 works from Bradfield Lodge including in 1888, two paintings 'Ramsey, near Harwich' and 'Mistley', two in 1889 'The Stour, Mistley' and 'Harvest Time' 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. Elizabeth Hempson died at Portishead House, Mistley on 14 October 1932, aged 80, she was unmarried.