HITCHCOCK, Laura Selina

1870 - 1956

As Laura Selina Jolly, she was born at the Mill House, Bramford, near Ipswich on 31 October 1870, third daughter of William Jolly (c.1834-31 July 1905), a wholesale grocer, and his wife Lucy Harwood Squirrell (c.1841-1 February 1934), fourth daughter of the late Robert Squirrell of Pimlico, who married at the Congregational Chapel, Hadleigh, Suffolk on 16 January 1867. In 1881, Laura was a 10-year-old, living at Seagull House, Felixstowe, Suffolk with her parents, 46-year-old William and 37-year-old Lucy, and her four siblings, all born at Ipswich. Laura married at Tacket Street Chapel, Ipswich on 8 December 1897, Herbert Fairfax Hitchcock and they went to live at The Street, East Bergholt, Suffolk. A painter in oil and water colour and a member of Ipswich Art Club 1905-1908 but had exhibited from Woodbine, East Bergholt in 1903 two oils, 'Flatford Bridge' and 'Flatford Lock', in 1905 six oil paintings, 'Barley', 'Flood Time', two entitled 'Wheatfield', 'Mill Lane, Dedham' and 'Oats', she also exhibited a view in Devon ‘New Bridge, on the Dart’ and in 1908 her last exhibited work was 'Florence from St Miniata'. She also exhibited at the Society of Women Artists in 1908 from East Bergholt. Laura Selina Hitchcock was of Sunny Barn, Putticks Lane, East Bergholt when she died at Brooke House Nursing Home, Henley Road, Ipswich on 1 February 1956, aged 85.