RIDLEY, Ada Paul

1864 - 1958

Ada Paul Ridley, was born at Ipswich on 22 January 1864, daughter of Albert Cowell Ridley (7 September 1835-15 May 1896), a wholesale druggist, and his wife Elizabeth Sarissa née Paul (13 November 1836-22 June 1916), who married at Ipswich in 1859. Ada was educated at Ipswich High School for Girls and studied at Ipswich School of Science & Art and in 1880 passed out with a certificate of excellence in Model Drawing. In 1881, a 17 year old scholar, living at Helenscote, Henley Road, Ipswich, which later became the Marlborough Hotel, with her parents, 45 year old Albert and 44 year old Elizabeth, with five siblings Henry 20, Gertrude 18, Albert Paul 15, Elizabeth 14 and Liliian Cowell 13, all born in Ipswich. Ada designed an illuminated address which was presented to Miss Miss Sophie Youngman in 1900, on her retirement as the first headmistress of the Ipswich High School for Girls. Ada exhibited at the London Salon in 1908 which was the first exhibition organised for the progressive Allied Artistsí Association Exhibition by Frank Rutter, a devout suffragist, and held at the Albert Hall. Together with sisters Lilian and Elizabeth [Bessie] a leading suffragette in the Womenís Social and Political Union, founded in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst and a member of the Artists League Alliance, being listed as a Suffragette Artists along with Amy Katherine Browning [Dugdale q.v.]. She contributed illustrations to 'An Anti Suffrage Alphabet', designed by Laurence Houseman, an active supporter of the votes for women campaign. In 1911, an artist, living at 172 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich and seems to have led a quiet retired life and in 1939 was living at 4 St Edmund's Road, Ipswich and where she was still living when she died at The Ipswich Nursing Home, 57 Fonnereau Road, Ipswich on 21 June 1958, she was unmarried.

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