GOOSE, Charlotte

1832 - 1911

Charlotte Goose was baptised at St Margaret’s church, Ipswich, on 27 May 1832, youngest of the six children of William Goose (1786-16 August 1871), a commander in the Royal Navy, and his wife Charlotte née Gooding (1795-1849), who married at St Helen’s church, Ipswich on 18 November 1816. By 1841, William, Charlotte and young Charlotte had moved to Bexhill, Sussex but in 1871, young Charlotte was staying with her partially blind 74-year-old aunt, widow Sarah King at 37 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich and was still living with her ten years later. Charlotte studied at the Ipswich School of Science and Art passing her art examinations in 1875. A member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1878-1896 and exhibited from 37 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich in 1881, five works ‘Wild Poppies’, 'Rose', 'Double Jonquils', 'Cottage Bouquet' and 'Garden Flowers', in 1882 four paintings 'Fruit and Flowers', 'Ox Eye Daisies', 'Christmas Roses' and 'Summer Flowers', in 1883 she had six exhibits two entitled 'Early Spring Flowers', and 'The Last Rose of Summer', a drawing 'Study of Carnations' and two table lots of Letter Trays and she continued to exhibit some 32 works until 1896, most of her subjects were still life subjects with ‘Meadow Daisies’ and ‘Peaches’ as typical titles. She also exhibited at the Woodbridge Industrial & Art Exhibition at the Lecture Hall, Woodbridge in April 1883 from Ipswich, two oil paintings 'Spring Flowers' and 'Fidelity in Adversity'. In 1891, Charlotte Goose was ‘living on own means’ still at 37 Lower Brook Street, with a servant and where she died on 13 July 1911, aged 79, she was unmarried. The Ipswich solicitor Henry William Miller, in 1915 was charged with diverting £1,000 of the funds in her estate for his own use and was sentenced to three years imprisonment.