RIDLEY, Ada Paul

1864 - 1958

Ada was born at Ipswich on 22 January 1864, daughter of Albert Cowell Ridley (7 September 1835-1896), a wholesale druggist, and his wife Elizabeth Sarissa née Paul (13 November 1836-1916), 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 became the Marlborough Hotel, with her parents, 45 year old Albert and 44 year old Elizabeth, with five siblings Henry 20, Gertrude 18, Albert T. 15, Elizabeth 14 and Liliian C. 13, all born in Ipswich. Ada exhibited at the London Salon in 1908 which was the first exhibition organized for the progressive Allied Artists’ 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 Women’s 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 1939 she was living at 4 St Edmund's Road, Ipswich and where she died in 1958, she was unmarried.

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