CLUTTERBUCK, Violet Esther Drury

1869 - 1960

As Violet Esther Drury Smith, she was born at Shardlow, Derbyshire on 12 April 1869, one of the three daughters of Francis Nicholas Smith (31 August 1839-26 October 1927), a partner in bankers Samuel Smith and Co., and his first wife Florence Catherine (1844-1879), daughter of William and the Honourable Mrs Drury-Lowe of Locko Park, Derbyshire who married in 1868. Violet married in 1892, Walter John Clutterbuck (1853-1937) a photographer of Northrepps Cottage, Norfolk. An artist, mostly in watercolour but also in oils and as Mrs Walter Clutterbuck she exhibited at the Norwich Art Circle some 58 works 1897-1911 of still life, local views and of Kashmir and in Italy and as Mrs V. Clutterbuck, in 1933 she exhibited from Marsham, Norwich, a watercolour 'Drying Sails, St Tropez Harbour'. In 1939, a widow living on 'own means' at Marsham Hall, St Faiths, Norfolk. She died at Marsham Hall, Norfolk on 30 March 1960, aged 90.

Walter John Clutterbuck (1853-1937)
Biographical details: Walter Clutterbuck came from a wealthy family of Hardenhuish House, Chippenham, Wiltshire, but spent much of his life (when not travelling) in Norfolk, first at Northrepps Cottage, then Marsham Hall. As a young man, for a time a supervisor on a Ceylon tea plantation but had no need to work. His main passions seem to have been travel and photography, which he successfully combined. He published four travel books and at the age of 39, married artist Violet Smith. Walter Clutterbuck was an accomplished photographer often using a French stereoscopic camera.

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