1933 - ?

Jennifer Raison

As Jennifer Mary Sutcliffe, she was born at Marylebone, London on 31 March 1933, one of the four children of Sir Harold Sutcliffe (11 December 1897-20 January 1958), barrister-at-law and an M.P., and his wife Emily Theodora née Cochrane (20 June 1905-28 April 1981), who married at St George, Hanover Square, London in 1926, but later separated. Jennifer was educated at Crofton Grange, Buntingford, Hertfordshire but had no formal art training but has drawn pictures since the age of three, often sketching imaginary dragons, in family groups and studied at the Open University, gaining a B.A. in Humanities. She married in Surrey in 1958, John Patrick Raison (born 1931), and they have two sons and a daughter. In the 1970s Jennifer opened a puppet and mask shop 'Harlequin House' at Notting Hill Gate, London and was able to travel to India to learn about puppetry. Since they moved to Leiston, Suffolk, the London shop was closed but Jennifer still retains some favourite puppets at their Suffolk home. A painter in oil and acrylic and one of the first group of members of the Association of British Naïve Artists and has exhibited at the Aldeburgh Gallery; Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh; Cobbold & Judd at Hintlesham Hall, all in Suffolk, Mall Galleries in London; International Naïve Artists, Verneuil-sur-Avre, near Paris; at the Royal College of Art and elsewhere. She has her studio at The Old Rectory, Theberton, Leiston, Suffolk. Author of ‘Caraboo: The Servant Girl Princess’ (1994).

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