HARRIS, Mabel

1892 - 1983

Mabel Harris, was born at Leytonstone, Essex on 10 September 1892, daughter of George James Harris (1855-28 June 1919) and his wife Emily née Punter, who married at Hackney, London in 1887. In 1911, an 18 year old clerk, living at 25 Carlton Road, Leytonstone with her parents, 55 year old George, a coal dealer, and 47 year old Emily, with siblings George 22, an art teacher and student, Clara 20, arthur 16 and James 9, all born at Leytonstone. Mabel was probably tutored by her brother George and exhibited from Leytonstone 1930-1931 at the Essex Grosvenor Art Club. She married at West Ham, Essex in 1932, artist John Gray Higgins (1873-1954), but continued to work under maiden name, and they lived at Dedham, Essex. A watercolour flower, landscape and architectural painter and a linocut artist. She exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1929 'A Study of Gladioli' and at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery; the Society of Women Artists and as Miss Mabel Harris, in 1941 exhibited six works at the Ipswich Art Club 'A Gateway in Bruges', 'Mont Orgueil Castle, Jersey', 'Chichester Cathedral', 'Scheregate, Colchester', 'Dedham Vale' and a coloured linocut 'Primroses', in 1942 four works 'Porte Marechale, Bruges', Pyrethrums', 'Houses in Dedham' and 'The Street, Dedham', four in 1943 'Michaelmas Daisies', The Fen Bridge, near Flatford', 'Kersey' and 'Roses' and five in 1944 'Hollyhocks', 'Prince Lane, Dedham', 'Mont Orgueil Castle, Jersey', 'A Street in Bruges' and 'Honesty and Toby'. Her husband was of The Vale, Dedham when he died at Heath House, Tendring, Essex on 2 June 1954, leaving his effect to his widow Mabel Higgins. Mabel died at 139 All Saints Street, Hastings, East Sussex on 19 February 1983. She is sometimes conflated with the American artist Mabel Rollins Harris.




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