GOULDEN, Muriel Olive Cecile

1882 - 1955

As Muriel Olive Cecile Gant, she was born at Redhill, Surrey on 21 December 1882, daughter of Arthur John Gant and his wife Louisa Edith née Chamberlain, who married in the City of London in 1880. In 1891, an 8 year old visitor at Park Gardens, Fulham, the home of 58 year old retired hosier Henry Gardner and his family. She married at Chelsea, London in 1908, sculptor Richard Reginald Goulden (30 August 18766 August 1932) and in 1911, a 28 year old painter, designer and visiting art teacher, living at 426 London Road, Fulham, London with her 34 year old husband Richard and their newly born daughter Wilma Ruth (1910-1983), they also had a son Richard Michael, born in 1921. A water colourist and illustrator, who founded the Chelsea illustrators in the summer of 1914, when twenty or so women graduated from the Westminster School of Art and resolved to make art their careers. They elected their teacher, Muriel Goulden as president and planned to rent a studio from where they would teach, work, and sell their work and found suitable premises in an old a barn located at 59a Park Walk, Chelsea. Their members included Margaret Tempest [q.v.], the creator of the 'Little Grey Rabbit' series of children's books. In 1939, a widowed artist, still living at 426 Fulham Road, Fulham and she exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1941, one painting 'Pine Tree Hill'. She was of 11 Guthrie Street, Chelsea when she died at Acland Nursing Home, Banbury Road, Oxford on 10 October 1955.