LANCE, Annie Wilmot

1857 - 1939

Annie Wilmot Lance was baptised at Winterborne Stickland, Dorset on 10 May 1857, daughter of Walter Lance (1924-21 February 1915), a relieving officer & registrar of births and deaths, and his wife Eliza née Savage (1823-1874), who married at Blandford, Devon in 1846. In 1861, Annie was a 4-year-old, living at Rope Close, Blandford, Devon with her parents, 36-year-old Walter, born at Dorchester and 38-year-old Eliza, born at Froyle, Hampshire and five siblings, Walter Herbert 14, Eliza Letitia 12, Emily 9, George 5 and Louisa 2, all born in Dorset. In 1871 she was living at Landscore Road, West Teignmouth, Devon but by 1881, a 23-year-old ‘secretary clerk’ at Ipswich High School, Berners Street, Ipswich. A flower painter who exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1884, from Hillside, Christchurch Street, Ipswich 'Cottage at Applethwaite', she also exhibited from the same address, at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists 1882-1893. During part of her time in Ipswich she may have been staying with Henry Robertson at 102 Christchurch Street, Ipswich who may have assisted her painting. Miss Harriet Sophia Youngman, headmistress of Ipswich High School, who died on 28 April 1907, when probate was granted to Annie Wilmot Lance which included Park Cottage, Widdington, Saffron Walden, Essex where Annie was living in 1920 but the following year a visitor at 2 Newbold Street, Leamington, Warwickshire, the home of the Birt family and by 1931 she had moved to 2 Newbold Street, Leamington. Annie Wilmot Lance died at 13 Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa on 13 March 1939, aged 82, she was unmarried.