MARTIN, Edith Philadelphia

1848 - 1937

As Edith Philadelphia Martin, she was born at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1848, daughter of Francis Offley Martin, a barrister-at-law, and his wife Mary née Smith, who married at Chesterton, Cambridgeshire on 25 January 1844, she was the sister of Frances Augusta Martin [q.v.}. In 1851 the family were living at Stondon Place, Stondon Massey, Ongar, Essex and ten years later at New Street, Hampton, Surrey. Edith married at Kingston, Surrey in 1874 her namesake Henry John Martin, a naval officer, who died on 19 January 1878, aged 37, and on his death they came to live at his family home at The Cottage, The Street, Coddenham, Suffolk where she was living in 1881, a 33 year old 'income from investments & naval pension' with her 6 year old daughter Edith Mary Verner, born Falmouth, Cornwall, her 66 year old widowed mother Mary and they kept four indoor servants. She studied at the Ipswich Art School, passing her drawing examinations in 1888 and as Mrs H J Martin, a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1883-1886 from The Cottage, Coddenham exhibiting in 1882 a watercolour 'Still Life' and in 1883 exhibited an oil 'The Cottager's Pride' and five watercolours 'Crocuses', 'Primroses', 'Coddenham Church', 'An Autumn Afternoon' and 'Cottages at Coddenham', in 1984 she had four pictures on display 'Marechal Niel Roses', 'Group of Flowers', 'Coddenham Church' and 'Coddenham Vicarage' and four exhibits in 1885 'Weald Hall, Essex', 'Cowes Regatta and Southampton Water', 'Ryde Pier and Spithead' and 'Study of an Elm'. As Mrs H. J. Martin she also exhibited at the Bury & West Suffolk Fine Art Society in 1882. She died at Hemingstone Hall, Coddenham in 1937, aged 89.