GRIBBLE, Eleanor Mary

1883 - 1960

Eleanor Gribble

As Eleanor Mary Woolmer, she was born at Homerton, London on 9 September 1883, daughter of Alfred Henry Woolmer, a woollen draper's assistant, and his wife Mary Louise née Ensor, who married at Hackney, Essex in 1882, she was a sister to Alfred Henry Woolmer [q.v.]. About 1890, the family came to live at Cauldwell Avenue, Ipswich but in 1911, Eleanor was a 27 year old teacher and art student, living at 18a Lower Brook Street, Ipswich with her parents, 57 year old Alfred, by then a travelling photographer, and 50 year old Mary, a boarding house keeper, with two of her six surviving, of eight siblings, George Henry 17 and Alice Louise 15, both born at Ipswich. Eleanor was educated at Ipswich, and studied at the Ipswich School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, where she became a bronze medalist. In 1915, as Eleanor Woolmer, a member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club. She married at Ipswich in 1918, Ernest Robert Gribble [q.v.], a cabinet maker. Eleanor continued membership of the art club but from 1919 as Eleanor Gribble, and was secretary of the Club from 1924 until 1939, and remained a member until her death. She exhibited from 4 Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich in 1927, a silver point sketch 'The River Blyth, Walberswick', a pencil 'Tide Out, Nacton Shore', and two watercolours 'At Blakenham' and 'Tide Worn', in 1933 four works from 17 Gippeswyk Avenue a pastel 'The Artist's Father', and watercolours 'The White Jug', 'Framlingham Castle' and 'Summer's Morning', in 1941 had six works on display, 'E. Thomas Johns, Esq. FRIBA', 'Portrait Study', 'Afternoon Sunshine', a chalk drawing 'The New Dolly', a print 'Fight the Good Fight' and another 'Love came Down', in 1942 'A War Bride', 'Alan, sketched just before leaving for the Middle East' and 'Framlingham Castle, Suffolk', in 1943 'Where Bombs had Fallen, Spring Returns', and an oil 'Floral Decoration' and a pastel 'The Blue Frock' and was a regular annual exhibitor. Eleanor was also a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle in 1932, from Ipswich. Eleanor taught at Ipswich School of Art, and was a designer for furniture manufacturer's Frederick Tibbenham's of Ipswich and ran her own private studio school. She exhibited at Tibbenham's Gallery, Brook Street, Ipswich in 1943, 'The Tower Mill', 'From St Louis', 'Suffolk Farmyard' and 'The Black Lace Mantilla', in 1944 'The Sentinals' and three pastels 'In Pensive Mood', 'Maurice' and 'Cley Mill, Norfolk'. Eleanor also exhibited at Royal Cambrian Society 1932-1936 from 17 Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich, she also exhibited at Royal Academy and the Society of Women Artists, and Queen Mary purchased one of her prints 'The First Christmas Morning'. At the centenary exhibition of the Ipswich Art Club in 1974 her pastel portrait of 'E. T. Johns, F.R.I.B.A.' was on display. She did several works for various Suffolk churches, including a war memorial reredos at Stowmarket parish church in 1921. Eleanor died at 17 Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich on 22 November 1960. She is often conflated with Eleanor Mabel Gribble, the wife of Bernard Emmanuel Finnigan Gribble [q.v.].

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