KIDDALL, Helen Dorothy

1888 - 1980

Helen Kiddall

Helen Dorothy Kiddall, was born at Louth, Lincolnshire on 10 August 1888, daughter of George Henry Kiddall (21 January 1858-6 December 1941), a banker’s clerk, and his wife Elizabeth Helen née Tomkinson (1865-1931), who married at Carnarvon, Wales in 1886. In 1891, a two year old, living at 164 Eastgate Street, Louth with her parents, 33 year old George and 26 year old Elizabeth, and an older sister Frances 3. Helen studied at Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope's School and at Louth Technical School from where in 1901 she won 2nd Prize in the South Kensington examinations, and won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy Schools from February 1912. Her studied were interrupted by the First World War, when she went to work at Lloyds Bank at Alford, where her father was the manager, resuming her studied in 1919 working under many R.A.'s including John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) and William Orpen (1878-1931) and with a 'painted head', winning the Hacker Prize and a silver medal in December 1920. In 1911, a 22 year old student, boarding at a lodging house at 54 Penywhern Road, Earls Court, Kensington, London and a member and exhibitor at the Lincolnshire Artists' Society in 1923. A figure painter and an Associate of the Society of Women Artists from 1935 and exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery; Liverpool Walker Art Gallery; Manchester City Art Gallery; Royal Academy; Royal Society of British Artists and the Society of Women Artists from London in 1921 and 1931, Alford, Lincolnshire in 1927 and from Felixstowe, Suffolk in 1932 where, together with her sister, were keen violinists. A member of Ipswich Art Club from 1932 and exhibited from 'Milverton', Garfield Road, Felixstowe in 1932 two paintings 'The Philosopher' and a watercolour 'Leslie Allison, daughter of Dr. Sidney Smith', in 1933 'Water Boy' and a watercolour 'Tommy', in 1935 a watercolour 'Spring at Winchester', in 1937 'Pieta' and 'Were you There?,' in 1943 an oil 'African Girl' and in 1944 three works 'Pink Cyclamen', 'G. H. Kersey, Esq.' and 'Young African Boy' and in January 1940 had painted the last portrait of George Lansbury. In 1974 at the Club centenary she exhibited an oil, 'The Mother' and her last exhibit was from 3 Garfield Road, Felixstowe in 1980 when 'The Unfinished Picture' was on display. In 1939, an artist, living at 'Milverton', Garfield Road, Felixstowe with her widower father, now a retired bank manager, and she died at 3 Garfield Road, Felixstowe on 5 September 1980, she was unmarried.




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