LEDGER, Mildred Mai

1879 - 1939

Mildred Mai Ledger was born at Hackney, London in late 1879, daughter of Henry Ledger (1846-15 February 1934), manager of an engineering works, and his wife Mary née Bellamy (1849-14 March 1941), who married at Hackney in 1871. In 1891, an 11 year old living at 170 Amhurst Road, Hackney with her parents, 45 year old Henry, born Mile End and 42 year old Mary, born Hackney and her elder sibling, 15 year old Constance Maud Bellamy Ledger (1875-Portway 1961), she also had a further sister Ethel Alicia Ledger [Bushnell] (born 1873). Mildred studied at St John’s Wood Art School and a student at the Royal Academy Schools from 28 January 1902 until January 1907 and in 1901 was living at a boarding house at 37 Warrior Square, Hasting, Sussex when described as ‘no occupation’. By 1911 she had returned home, living at 20 Park Hill, Hampstead, London with her parents, her father was now a ‘South African merchant’. In 1916 she was charged with 'unlawfully making a sketch of some defensive work on St Margaret's-at-Cliffe, Kent and was bound over in the sum of £10. The family then moved to Ipswich where they were living in 1930. A miniature portrait painter and commercial artist, a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1930-1938, exhibiting from Ivry Lodge, 2 Ivry Street, Ipswich in 1932 four watercolours 'The Ballet Dancer', 'The Grey Dress', 'Between the Scenes', 'Rock Roses' and a charcoal 'Gypsy Camp, Bourne Bridge', in 1933 five works 'Portrait' and watercolours 'Portrait', 'Bramford Church', 'Betty' and 'St Margaret's Plain', in 1935 four an oil 'Early Spring in Ivry Street' and watercolours 'Summer' and 'The Blue Check Dress' and 'Phyllis' which both were exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. She exhibited five works in 1937 'March '37', 'Mrs Tanqueray', 'Floyd, daughter of the late Judge Bowen', 'Sidney Barefooot', 'Enid, Portrait Study' which were commissions and not for sale, and a watercolour 'Vanity' which was priced at 10 guineas, she was a regular annual exhibitor. She also exhibited at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, Royal Miniature Society and the Society of Women Artists 1901-1937 from Hampstead, London in 1901 and from Ipswich in 1934. She died, unmarried, at Ivry Lodge, Ipswich on 9 February 1939, aged 59. She signed her works 'Mildred M. Ledger' and her commercial work 'M. Ledger'.

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