NEWBERY, Jessie Wylie

1864 - 1948

Jessie Newbery

As Jessie Wylie Rowatt, she was born at High Church, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland on 28 May 1864, daughter of William Rowatt, a shawl manufacturer and later tea importer, and his wife Margaret Downie née Hill. A visit to Italy when she was eighteen stimulated a lifelong interest in textiles and other decorative arts. She enrolled as a student at Glasgow School of Art in 1884, and some time later established its embroidery department, where she was appointed head in 1894. Her teaching was respected, as was her artistic work which helped to raise the status of creative needlework. She married on 28 September 1889, Francis Henry Newbery [q.v.] and in 1891 a 27 year old artist living at Queen Mary Crescent, Govan, Partick, Lanarkshire with her 36 year old husband Francis and their newly born daughter Eucot M.. In 1901 a watercolour painter and embroidery designer, living at 6 Buckingham Street, Govan with her husband and two daughters, 15 year old [adopted?]Margaret E. and 8 year old Mary A., both born at Paisley. They had a summer residence 'Rooftree' with a riverside studio, at Walberswick, Suffolk c.1897-1917 where Jessie painted many local scenes. On her husband's retirement they moved to Dorset and in 1921 were living at Eastgate House, on East Street, Corfe Castle where she died on 27 April 1948, aged 63.

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