LINGWOOD, Bessie Ellen

1861 - 1927

Bessie Ellen Lingwood, was born at Bucklesham, near Ipswich, in January 1861, daughter of Horace Lingwood (1834-1 January 1920), a manure agent, and his wife Anne née Jeckell (1829-19 November 1821), who married at Norwich in 1858. In 1871, a 10 year old, living at Bosmere Mill, Creeting All Saints’, Suffolk with her parents, 37 year old Horace, born Battisford, Suffolk and 40 year old Anne, born Wymondham, Norfolk and two siblings Horace Jeckell [q.v.] and Thomas Edward 8. Bessie studied at the Ipswich School of Science & Art and was awarded a certificate for her freehand drawing and in 1884 passed her Advanced Art Examinations in Painting from Still Life and exhibited her prize winning watercolour at South Kensington Museum of Art. Although not a member, Bessie exhibited from Creeting, Needham Market, Ipswich at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1881, nine watercolours including ‘River Gems’, in 1882 eight watercolours including 'Poppies', in 1883 twelve watercolours including 'Water Mill near Needham Market', in 1884 ten watercolours which were all still life, and continued to exhibit regularly. As Miss Lingwood of Creeting she also exhibited at the Bury & Suffolk Fine Art Society in 1882 and in 1883, a watercolour 'Fruit' which won the second prize of 1 guinea and at their fifth exhibition in 1884. Bessie also exhibited at the Woodbridge Industrial & Art Exhibition at the Assembly Rooms, Woodbridge in April 1887, three watercolours 'Fruit', 'Wild Roses' and 'Honeysucke' plus a drawing and hand painted birthday cards and in 1889 at the Woodbridge Fine Art Exhibition at the Assembly Room at the Bull Hotel, Woodbridge several watercolours. In 1890 she won a prize for a still life at Stafford School of Art. In 1900, an artist at 2 Westgate Street, Ipswich, which may have been her studio, as she continued living with her parents at Bosmere Mill until at least 1911. She died at 4 Station Road, Trimley St Mary, Felixstowe, Suffolk on 7 November 1927, aged 66, she was unmarried.