EARNSHAW, Mary Harriet

1843 - 1930

As Mary Harriet Clarke, she was born at Ballyhack, Ireland about 1843. She married at Manchester in 1869, Revd Thomas Garside Earnshaw (1841-1904) and painted under the name of Mary Earnshaw. In 1871, Thomas was curate-in-charge at Staveley, Yorkshire and later at Woolverstone, Suffolk and in 1881 they were living at White House Rectory, Woolverstone with their three children Geoffrey Brook 7, Isabella 6 and Thomas Harris 3, only Thomas was born at Woolverstone, another son Cyril 11, was away at school. Presented by Sir Richard Wallace, she won first prize of £3 at the Ipswich School of Science and Art in 1884 for her 'best head, life size' and was a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1883-1897, but in 1881 she had exhibited from Woolverstone Parsonage a watercolour, ‘Still Life’ and continued to exhibit regularly, in 1883 she exhibited 'Tomtits' and 'Sunflowers', in 1884 four pictures, 'Chrysanthemums', 'Portrait-Study', 'Portrait' and 'Geraneums' and in 1885 five paintings, two portraits and three flower studies. She also exhibited from Woolverstone Parsonage at the Woodbridge Industrial & Art Exhibition at the Lecture Rooms, Woodbridge in 1887 several items including a crayon drawing 'Fisher Child' and in 1889 when held at the Assembly Room at the Bull Hotel, Woodbridge, a crayon 'Miss Bessie Earnshaw'. She also exhibited three pictures at the Society of British Artists 1888-1889, including a pastel ‘Two Kitties’ and a watercolour ‘An Amusing Story’. She also exhibited at the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; Liverpool Walker Art Gallery; Manchester City Art Gallery; the Royal Academy; Royal Institute of Painter in Water Colour; Royal Miniature Society; Royal Institute of Oil Painters; the Sociery of Women Artists and elsewhere. By 1891, the Earnshaw's had moved on to St Ann’s, Wandsworth. Thomas Garside Earnshaw died at 115 Coldbath Road, Harrogate, Yorkshire on 19 November 1904 and his wife died at Huddersfield, Yorkshire in 1930.




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