METCALFE, Joanna Catherine

1853 - 1945

Joanna Catherine Metcalfe, known as Kate, was born at Ipswich in 1853, eldest child of William Leopold Metcalfe (1818-1863), cheese factor, and his wife Joanna Rutt née Burton (1821-1895), who married at Ipswich in 1852, she as the sister of Emma Grace Metcalfe [q.v.]. In 1861, an 8 year old, living at 12 Anglesea Road, Ipswich with her parents 42 year old William and 39 year old Joanna with four siblings, Ann 5, Emma 4, William 1 and newly born Charles, and they kept four indoor servants. Her father died on 29 June and buried in Ipswich cemetery on 4 July 1863 and in 1891 young Joanna was a 38 year old assistant drawing teacher, living at Windcote, Ivry Street, Ipswich with her 69 year old widowed mother Joanna and her 35 year old sibling sister Anna. As J. Kate Metcalfe an exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from Windcote, Ivry Street, Ipswich in 1882 'Ripe Fruit'. She does not seem to have exhibited again. Their surname is sometimes Metcalf and young Joanna went under the name of Kate. On the death of her mother at Ipswich on 26 December 1895, Joanna moved away from Ipswich and in 1901, was vice principal of a Ladies Finishing School, which was owned by her aunt, 73 year old Anna Sophie Metcalfe and by 1911 was Head of School at Highfield, Hendon, Middlesex. She died at Mote Side, 43 Willington Street, Maidstone, Kent on 26 March 1945, aged 92, she was unmarried.