1855 - 1944

Maria Hughman was born in London on 1 August 1855, daughter of Robert Hughman (1813-October 1875), a schoolmaster and author, and his wife Fanny/Frances née Cook (1809-2 June 1899), who married at Framlingham, Suffolk on 24 June 1834. Robert's father, John Hugman, had added the 'h' into his name. In 1851, Robert was master of an English and commercial school for the education of young gentlemen, at the White House, Yoxford, Suffolk which in the mid 1850s, together with seven children, moved to London. In 1871, Maria was a 15-year-old, living at 146 Queen’s Road, Paddington with her parents, 57-year-old Robert, born at Halesworth, Suffolk and 62-year-old Frances, born at Framlingham, Suffolk and two siblings, Harold Castell 26 and Rose 23, both born at Yoxford. As Miss Minnie Hughman of Woodbridge, in 1883 she exhibited at the Woodbridge Fine Art Exhibition, at the Lecture Hall, Woodbridge several oil paintings including three 'Portraits' a 'Still Life' a copy of 'Still Life after Hondekoeter', and a 'Luca Signorelli painting Dead Son' after Alexander Robert, her exhibits in 1887 included 'Mother Hubbard' and 'Coreopsis'. She also exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1883, from Woodbridge two portraits, 'Darby' and 'Joan' when living with her widowed mother Fanny, at 17 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge and they were still living there in 1891 and, on the death of her mother in 1899, Maria and her sister Rose continued to live at the Woodbridge house. In 1939, living on her own means, at 17 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge with a housekeeper, Elsie Leech. Maria Hughman died at 17 Melton Hill, Woodbridge on 19 January 1944, aged 88, she was unmarried.