KIRKPATRICK, Ethel Alice

1869 - 1966

Ethel Alice Kirkpatrick

Ethel Alice Kirkpatrick, was born at Cold Bath Fields Prison, Clerkenwell, London on 30 November 1869, where her father, who had previously been in army in India, was the resident prison governor, second daughter of Thomas Sutton Kirkpatrick (1 December 1833-18 June 1895) of Coolmine, Dublin, and his wife Mary Ann Rosa née Marriott (22 August 1844-26 July 1939) who married at St John's, Hyde Park Square, London on 13 December 1864. Ethel was the younger sister of Ida Marion Kirkpatrick [q.v.] who attracted Ethel into art. Ethel studied at West London and Kensington Schools of Art and for a short time at Académie Julian in Paris, she also attended London's Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1899, where she studied enamelling and woodcut. From 1878 the family lived in Exeter, Devon, where their father was the Governor of Exeter Prison and was later governor of Newgate Prison in London to be followed by the same position at Wormwood Scrubs before retiring in 1892, to their house, The Gables at Harrow-on-the-Hill. The two sisters travelled widely and were regular visitors at St Ives, Cornwall in the 1890's and at Walberswick, Suffolk between 1896-1921 with particularly extended stays 1907-1913. Their father had died on 18 June 1895 and a large studio was built at the rear of The Gables for the sisters and where they continued to live. In 1939 Ethel, and unmarried sister Ida, were living at The Gables, Grove Hill, Harrow. Ethel produced paintings and woodcut work in colour, exhibiting at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibitions twelve times 1895-1941 in all exhibiting some sixteen paintings. She often exhibited with her sister Ida including at Graves Gallery, London in 1899; Beaux Arts Gallery; Japanese Gallery; Walker's Gallery, 118 Bond Street, London also at the Alpine Club Gallery and with the Society of Women Artists; the Colour Woodcut Society; the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society and the Society of Artist Printers in Edinburgh and Glasgow and elsewhere. Ethel was of Grove Hill Cottage, Grove Hill, Harrow when she died at Harrow Hospital on 28 December 1966, aged 97, she was unmarried. She signed her works 'Ethel Kirkpatrick'.




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