LACY, Leonard

1865 - 1936

Leonard Lacy was born at Westbourne Park, Paddington, London in 1865, youngest son of Benjamin Walker Lacy (1821-7 May 1886), a chemist, and his wife Mary Ann née Stone (1823-28 April 1881), who married at Marlborough, Wiltshire on 8 July 1852. In 1881, Leonard was a 15-year-old student, living at 4 The Terrace, Stamford Hill, London with his parents, 59-year-old Benjamin, born at Pentonville, London and 57-year-old Mary Ann, born at Marlborough, and his two siblings, Frederick Edwin (1858-1924) and Amy (1862-1932). In 1891, a certified art teacher, lodging at 11 St Margaret’s Terrace, Hastings, Sussex and the following year he came to Ipswich as a teacher and assistant to William Thompson Griffiths at the Ipswich School of Science and Art. Leonard married at St John's Church, Penge on 20 July 1893, Emily Maud Trend (17 January 1865-5 May 1946), when the school presented him with an inscribed black marble clock. A painter in oil and watercolour and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1894-1906, and exhibited in 1893 from 47 Cumberland Street, Ipswich three oil paintings, 'Whitstable, Kent', 'Tuddenham St Martin' and 'By Dale Farm, Ipswich', in 1895 from 3 St Matthew's Place, Ipswich five oils, 'A Pathway by the Orwell', 'A View of the Brickfields, Ipswich', 'River Alde, Aldeburgh', 'Slaughden House, near Aldeburgh' and 'Aldeburgh Golf Links' and in 1897 from 7 Ivry Street, Ipswich three oils, 'Near the Sea at Finton', 'The Gipping' and 'A Study of Begonias', in 1898 four oils, 'A View from the side of Broom Hill, Ipswich', 'A Wild Field', 'Fine Trees and Bracken' and 'Summer', in 1901 ‘On the Meadows, Dedham’, ‘By the Waterside’ and ‘Dedham Brook’, with his last exhibit in 1907 when he had a decorative panel 'Autumn' on show, and exhibited at least 47 works 1894-1907, mostly local scenes. In 1901, a 35-year-old art master, living at 26 Ivry Street, Ipswich with his 36-year-old wife Emily, born at Islington, London and their one-year-old son Hubert Cotterill, another son, Douglas Gistock, was born at Ipswich in 1905. In December 1906 he moved as Master of Bishops Stortford School of Art and lived at 27 Thornfields Road, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. In 1921 Leonard Lacy was a retired art master living at 6 Pleasant Road, Bishops Stortford with his wife and two sons and where he died on 25 October 1936, aged 71.