GEAR, Mabel

1898 - 1987

Mabel Gear

Mabel Gear, was born at Ashby Rectory, Suffolk in 1898 and baptised on 26 August 1898, youngest of three daughters of Lucas George Gear and his wife Annie Margaret née McJannet, who married at St Pancras, London in 1894, Annie had been Lucas's housekeeper at Stock, Essex when their eldest daughter Dorothy was born. In 1901, a 3 year old, living at Ashby Rectory with her parents, 55 year old Lucas, of independent means, and 37 year old Annie, and two siblings, Dorothy 10, born London and Muriel 6, born Hunton, Kent. In 1911, the family were living at New Town Lodge, Winnock Road, Colchester, Essex when 13 year old Mabel was a student. She studied at Colchester School of Art under Septimus Power (1877-1951) and at Herkomer's Art School, Bushey, Hertfordshire and in 1917 she passed examination at Torquay School of Art and Evening Schools. A decorative painter of birds and animals and elected an associate of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters 1925 and a full member the following year, and a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1927, exhibiting in 1929 'Stop Flirting'. Mabel exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy including in 1925 'Birds of a Feather' also showing at the Goupil Gallery; Liverpool Walker Art Gallery; Royal Institute of British Artists; Royal Scottish Academy and the Society of Women Artists, from Babbacombe, Devon 1920 and 1926, from 15 Meadow Studios, Bushey, Hertfordshire in 1922 and from Tadley, Hampshire in 1929. In 1927 she exhibited her work for Raphael Tuck & Sons at Moorfield House, London and in 1934 the Duke & Duchess of York, later King George VI, used a miniature of her 'Sympathy' for their Christmas card. She married in the City of London in 1928, Ivor Isaac John/James Symes (4 March 1875-4 March 1941), who was also an artist, but continued using her maiden name. In 1939 they were living at Manor Farm, Basingstoke, Hampshire. Mabel died at 32 North Street, Ashburton, Devon on 31 March 1987. She signed her work 'Mabel Gear' in block capitals.

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