DOWN, Katherine Thornton

1889 - 1940

Katherine Thornton Down, was born at Ventor, Isle of Wight, Hampshire on 18 August and baptised on 24 September 1889, daughter of William Thornton Down, a commander in the Royal Navy, and his wife Emily Maude, née Thatcher (died 1900), who married at Hastings in 1857. In 1911, a 21 year old, living at Spearpoint, Kennington, Ashford, Kent with her 67 year old father, now a captain in the Royal Navy, his new wife of eight years, 43 year old Fanny Irene née Richards-Adams, who had been a governess to the children, and three of her seven siblings, Caroline 29, Victoria 23 and John 19. A watercolour landscape artist, Katharine moved to 11 Broughton Road, Ipswich and as Miss K. Thornton Down was a member of Ipswich Art Club 1933-1934, exhibiting from the East Suffolk Hospital, Ipswich in 1933, four watercolours of the Norfolk Broads ‘Weyford Bridge’, 'Twilight, Horsey Mere’,'Horsey' and ‘Horsey Church’. In 1939, a state registered nurse, living at 5 Stourcliffe Avenue, Bournemouth, Hampshire where she died on 11 January 1940, aged 50, she was unmarried.