MATTHEWS, Rebecca Allen

1867 - 1926

Rebecca Allen Matthews, was born at Earls Colne, Essex on 6 April 1867, daughter of William Matthews, farmer & local minister, and his wife Rebecca née Allen, who married at Liskeard, Cornwall in 1861. Educated at Mount School, York and in 1891, a 23 year old, living at 'Ashwells', Park Lane, Earls Colne with her parents, 83 year old William and 66 year old Rebecca and two siblings, Eliza Jane 28 and John William 27, both born at Earls Colne. In 1901, she was still at the same address, with father now retired and the farm was being run by his son John William Matthews. A landscape painter in oil and watercolour, a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1890-1894 who exhibited twelve works from Earls Colne 1890-1893, mostly landscapes and coastal scenes in oil including in 1890 ‘Sunset Sizewell’, ‘Friday Street, Surrey’ and ‘Gendorgal Beach, Newquay’. She also exhibited one work at the Society of British Artists in 1891 ‘Autumn Spoils’. Rebecca died at The Friends Retreat, York on 14 April 1926, aged 59, she was unmarried.