ELLIS, Harriet Grace Venn

1877 - 1939

Harriet Grace  Venn-Ellis

Harriet Grace Venn Ellis, was born at Chellington, Bedfordshire on 7 January and baptised on 9 March 1877, daughter of Revd Henry Venn Ellis (1851-1920) and his wife Ada Florence née Henman (1854-1919) and sometime after the birth of Harriet the family seems to have hyphenated their name to Venn-Ellis. In 1911, a 36 year old living at The Rectory, Outwell, Cambridgeshire with her parents, 59 year old Henry, born Kilburn, London and 56 year old Ada, born Stagsden, Bedfordshire and her father was later vicar of Stowmarket and rural dean and rector of Alderton, both in Suffolk. A landscape artist and a member of Ipswich Art Club 1928-1939 exhibiting nineteen works including views in Sussex and Cornwall, in 1935 she exhibited from St Joseph's Guest House, Cumberland Street, Woodbridge, two oil paintings 'Kyson Point in November' and 'Willie Lott's Cottage, Flatford' and in 1937 three works, an oil 'Fowey Harbour' and watercolours 'Bodinnick on Fowey River' and 'Gobblecock Hall, Sutton Heath'. As well as an accomplished watercolour artist, Harriet had studied the violin in Hanover and in London and was leader of the Woodbridge Orchestral Society, a committee member of the Woodbridge Festival and of the Ipswich Chamber of Music. In 1939, as Harriet Venn-Ellis she was a patient in the East Suffolk & Ipswich Hospital and, as Harriet Grace Ellis, was of St Josephs Guest House, Cumberland Street, Woodbridge when she died at 53 Barrack Road, Woodbridge on 1 November 1939, aged 62, she was unmarried.