1918 - 2014

Vanji Thorgerson

As Anna Evangeline Collier, she was born at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in 1918, her mother's maiden name was Grant-Duff. Using the first name of Vanji, a pupil at Summerhill School at Leiston, Suffolk. She exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club, from Seviss Lodge, Leiston in 1933, one work 'Weariness'. She married at St Pancras, London in 1940, Elvin Thorgerson (1920-1988), of Norwegian descent, and their son was designer Storm Elvin Thorgerson (1944-2013) who, like his mother, was also educated at Summerhill. Vanji and Elvin later divorced and from about 1985 Vanji lived at 19 Earl Street, Cambridge. Anna Evangeline Thorgerson died on 14 September 2014, her will was proved at Ipswich.