1883 - 1920

Dora Mason

Agnes Dora Mason, known as Dora, probably to avoid confusion with her mother, was born at 10 Willoughby Villas, Ipswich on 10 February and baptised at St Peter's church, Ipswich on 29 March 1883, daughter of Herbert Wilberforce Mason [q.v.], director of an oil seed crushing company, and his wife Agnes Fanny née Southam (4 August 1854-4 June 1932), who married on the Isle of Wight in 1880. Dora studied at the Ipswich School of Art, the Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Arts and in 1911, a 28 year old artist, living at the family home, The Manor House, Sproughton, Ipswich with her parents and her younger brother Stewart, a visitor at that time was artist Gladys Foster-Melliar [q.v.]. A painter and sculptor and a member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1911-1915, exhibiting from Sproughton in 1910, two plaster figures 'The Minstrel' and 'Portrait Head', in 1911 an oil 'A Summer Day' and a bronze 'Pharaoh's Daughter', in 1912 two oils 'Le Cote d'Azur' and 'The Last Load' and four sculptures, in 1913 three items two oils 'Sennen Cove', 'A Valley of Flowers, Chamonix' and a bronze with a final exhibit in 1914, an oil 'Sproughton Lock'. She also exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and the Royal Academy 1910-1912 from Manor House, Sproughton, Suffolk. Her brother Stewart, was drowned when the RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by a U-Boat in 1915. Dora died of consumption at Menton, Southern France on 2 March 1920.

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