CLARKE, Helen Grace (1857-1943)

1857 - 1943

Helen Grace Clarke, was born at Derby St Peter, Derbyshire on 7 February 1857, second child of James Sherwin Clarke (1823-1887), a wine merchant, and his wife Anne (1823-1902). In 1871, a 14 year old scholar, living at 115 Uttoxeter New Road, St Werbergh, Derby with her parents, 47 year old James and 45 year old Anne, with five siblings, Edith Mary 15, Frederick James 12, Annie Louisa 10, Elizabeth Jane 8 and Margaret Jessie 7, all born at Derby and they retained three indoor servants. Helen studied at the Derby School of Art and Technical Institution and by 1881 the family had moved to Repton, Derbyshire when Grace went to Southwold, Suffolk as an art teacher at a local school and where she painted several scenes at Southwold and was a member of the Society of Women Artists. Her father died in 1887, when she returned to Derbyshire and in 1891, a 34 year old artist and school teacher, back at Well Lane, Repton, with her 65 year old widowed mother. She later returned to Southwold but by 1901, a 44 year old artist and art mistress, living at Castleway Road, Willington, Derbyshire, with her 75 year old widowed mother Anne, who died the following year. In 1911, a 54 year old, living at 9 Swinburne Street, Derby with 76 year old spinster Mary Cox. She died at 16a George Street, Cambridge in 1943, aged 85, she was unmarried.