1866 - 1950

Ida Marion Kirkpatrick was born at St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, at her maternal grandmother's home on 8 June and baptised on 1 August 1866, eldest daughter of Thomas Sutton Kirkpatrick (1833-1895), of Coolmine, Dublin who also served in the Indian Army, and his wife Mary Ann Rosa née Marriott (1844-1939) of London. Due to an outbreak of cholera, her mother had been sent back to the UK from India during her pregnancy. On leaving the Army, her father entered the Government Prison Service as a Deputy Governor at Clerkenwell, London. Ida studied at the Queen's Square Royal Female School of Art, Birkbeck School of Art and briefly at the Académie Julian in Paris. 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. Her father retired in 1892 to their house, The Gables at Harrow on the Hill but the two sister travelled widely and were regular visitors to St Ives, Cornwall and to Walberswick, Suffolk between 1896-1921 particularly with extended stays 1907-1913. Their father had died in 1895 and a large studio was built at the rear of The Gables for the sisters and where they continued to live and in 1939 Ida, and unmarried sister Ethel [q.v.], were living at The Gables, Grove Hill, Harrow. Ida's works were much reproduced as picture postcards from 1901 and she exhibited frequently at the Alpine Club Gallery and with the Society of Women Artists also at the Royal Academy and elsewhere. Her titles include 'A Cornish Quay' and 'The Pier Lamp', indicating that Cornwall was reflected in her work. The artist died at Harrow in 1950, she was unmarried.

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