FIELD, Violet

1865 - 1941

Violet Field was born in Jamaica, B.W.I. on 16 October 1865, one of the ten children of Col. Spencer Field (c1836-19 January 1907), who was in the army, and his wife Susan Catherine née Darrall (c1837-10 May 1912), who married at Corfu, Greece. Violet, whose brother was Admiral of the Fleet Sir Frederick Laurence Field (1871-1945), travelled around the world with her parents but by 1881, was a 15-year-old student, living at Stanstead Lodge, Grange Road, Sutton, Surrey with her great-aunt, 56-year-old widow, Catherine Duncan and her family. On his retirement from the army, Spencer Field went to live in Guernsey, Channel Islands with his wife and other children, but Violet remained in England and by 1901, had moved from Sutton to Sinclair Mansions, 6 Hammersmith Road, Fulham, London living alone on 'private means'. Her father died at Seagrove, Sandown, Isle of Wight in1907 and in 1911, Violet was living at Stanstead Cross, Caterham, Surrey with her 74-year-old widowed mother. A watercolour landscape and marine painter, a member of Ipswich Art Club 1936-1939, exhibiting a total of nine watercolours, including in 1935, from 15 Brook Lane, Felixstowe, Suffolk, 'Rye, Sussex, from the Estuary' and 'French Fishing Boats-Petit-Fort-Philippe', in 1937 from 'Q' Tower Cottage, South Hill, Felixstowe, two works 'Balaugh Farm, Isle of Man' and 'The Haunted Mill, Isle of Man'. In 1939, she was living on own means, at Tower Cottage, South Hill, Felixstowe, with one servant. Violet Field was of 15 Brook Lane, Felixstowe when she died at Studley, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk on 15 September 1941, aged 75, she was unmarried.