BURNS, Margaret Alice Delisle

1888 - 1974

Margaret Burns

As Margaret Alice Arnold Hannay, she was born in London on 9 July 1888, daughter of Arnold Alexander Hannay (1858-1927), a solicitor, and his wife Alice Mary née Howard, who married at Hastings, Sussex in 1883. Margaret was the sister of Alexander Howard Hannay (1889–1955), art critic of the 'London Mercury', who published 'Roger Fry and Other Essays' in 1937. Margaret studied at the Slade School of Fine Art before the First World War, where she won the prize for figure drawing in 1910, since when she has worked in France, the United States and Italy, taking as her chief subjects, the old buildings of these countries. She married in 1912, the eminent national and international civil servant and academic Cecil Delisle Burns (1879–1942). A landscape and figure painter, she has painted under both as Mrs Hannay and Margaret Delisle Burns and exhibited at the Goupil Gallery; the International and the New English Art Clubs. Her earlier architectural drawings were done in Dieppe when she first adopted the method of drawing in Indian ink with body-colour on brown. The obituary notice for her husband in 'The Times' of 23 January 1942, said that she was ‘a gifted painter and etcher’ they had two sons. She lived at 3 Keats Grove, Hampstead and in 1927 they built, at a cost of £1,000, Walberswick House at Walberswick, Suffolk which was destroyed by enemy action in World War Two and her riverside studio was washed away in the 1953 East Coast Floods. During her time at Walberswick she exhibited with the Sole Bay Group [q.v.]. As Margaret Alice Arnold DeLisle Burns, she died at 82 Carlton Hill, London N.W.8, on 29 September 1974.

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