CLARKE, Minnie Ellen

1857 - 1942

Minnie Ellen Clarke, was born at Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmund's on 5 May and baptised at St Mary Bury St Edmund's on 18 June 1857, only daughter of James Johnson Clarke (1832-1864), fishmonger, and his wife Georgiana Ellen née Palmer. Her father died in 1864, when his widow Georgiana, married in 1866, Samuel C. Wallace who took over the fishmonger & poulterer business. In 1871, Minnie was a 13 year old scholar, living at Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmund's with her stepfather, 33 year old Samuel, 37 year old mother Georgiana, with siblings James Ernest 15, John Hayhoe 12 and Frank Kingston 9, and step-siblings William Ellerslie Wallace 3 and Harry Charles Wallace 2, with a Wallace nephew 16 year old George P. Kingston. Minnie studied at Lambeth College of Art and in Paris and in 1881 a visitor at the home of grocer George Kingston, at Norwich Road, East Dereham, Norfolk. In 1891, a 33 year old artist living at Bonham Road, Lambeth, London, she had living with her half-brother, 23 year old William Wallace, a clerk. A miniature and flower artist and an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, she exhibited at the Royal Academy; Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour; the Society of Women Artists; Walker Art Gallery; Toronto and elsewhere. She lived at 151a Gloucester Road, London S.W. but by 1939, she was living on private means at 29 Rhodesia Court Hotel, Harrington Gardens, Kensington, London where she died on 14 July 1942. She signed her work 'M E Clarke' with the 'M' elongated into the 'E'.




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