PRETTY, Elsie Mary

1885 - 1972

Elsie Mary Pretty, was born at The Firs, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich on 2 August 1885, daughter of William Pretty (1842-12 February 1916), a drapere & corset manufacturer, and his second wife Annie Maria Sherington (1849-28 December 1925), second daughter of Charles Sherington, a hairdresser & perfumer, who married at Christ's Church, Gipsy Hill, Lambeth on 30 June 1874, and was a half-sister to Maud Pretty [q.v.] and sister to Frank Pretty [q.v.]. Elsie was educated at Rottingdean, Sussex and in 1911, a 25 year old, living at The Goldrood, Belstead Road, Ipswich with her parents, 69 year old William and 61 year old Anna Maria and two siblings, Maud 42 and Frank 31. During the Great War 1914-1918, an overseas volunteer in the British Red Cross. In 1939, she was living at Brynderwyn, Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire, Wales. An associate member of the Ipswich Art Club 1950-1971 and exhibited from Valley House, Ipswich Road, Woodbridge in 1950 two pictures, an oil 'Sailing on the Orwell' and a watercolour 'Sunflowers', she next exhibited in 1953 an oil, 'Flowers' and was an irregular exhibitor, exhibiting in 1962 an oil, 'Little Ship' and a watercolour. Her last exhibit was in 1965 when her 'Kingston Farm, Winter' was on show. She died at Clementsdene Nursing Home, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, Surrey on 5 October 1972, she was unmarried.