MUCKLE, Mary Jane

1866 - 1929

As Mary Jane Gruby, she was born at Hull, Yorkshire on 13 April 1866, daughter of Richard Gruby (1835-1879), shipping agent, and his wife Martha Chaplin née Hender (1840-1915). She married firstly at Sculcoates, Yorkshire on 16 April 1892, Stephen Briggs Carlill (1859-1903), an artist, and they lived in North Africa for a time, for the better light for their painting, they then purchased a farm in Natal, South Africa where they raised horses. Stephen Briggs Carlill was murdered, apparently by natives, after which Mary Jane returned to England. As Mary Jane Carlill, she married secondly at Watford, Hertfordshire on 28 January 1905, Gilford James Muckle [q.v.], an artist decorator, and in 1911 they were living at 7 Netherton Grove, Chelsea with their five year old son Thomas Richardson Muckle. Mary was a miniature portrait painter and an Associate of the Royal Miniature Society 1914. She exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; the Royal Academy and the Royal Miniature Society 1909-1928 from Kings Langley, Hertfordshire 1909, London 1911 and Gedgrave near Orford, Suffolk in 1928. She died at Gedgrave on 10 May 1929, aged 63.