MUMFORD, Louisa Elizabeth

1838 - 1929

Louisa Elizabeth Mumford was born at Bramford, near Ipswich in 1838 and baptised at Bramford St Mary Church on 22 June 1838, daughter of Robert William Mumford (1802-9 March 1870) and his wife Elizabeth Morgan (1800-1881), youngest daughter of John Morgan, late of Ludgate Hill, London, who married at Lewisham Church on 21 October 1830. In 1851, 13-year-old Louisa was living at The Grove, Bramford, with her parents, 49-year-old Robert William, a farmer of six hundred acres, and 51-year-old Elizabeth with her five siblings Mary Bond 19, Ellen 17, Robert Francis 16, Letitia 14 and William Arthur 11, all born at Bramford. Louisa studied at Ipswich School of Art winning prizes 1860-1861 and passing her examination in 1888. On the death of her father at Bramford on 9 March 1870, the family moved to The Gables, Bramford where they were living in 1881, her father's farm was purchased by Edward Packard. A watercolour landscape painter and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1893-1915, who exhibited thirteen works from 45 Henley Road, Ipswich 1886-1896, including in 1886 'Old Maltings, Mill Lane, Bramford' and 'Old Cottages, East Grinstead', in 1887 'A Sussex Lane' and 'Old Workhouse Yard, Tower Ditches', in 1893 ‘A View of Bramford’ and ‘Hedgerow Elms, East Grinstead’, in 1895 'Fir Trees', 'A Munificent Gift Christchurch', 'The Minstrel's Gallery, Christchurch' and 'The Terrace Walk, Christchurch' and a further three pictures in 1896. In 1891, she was living at 45 Henley Road, Ipswich with two of her unmarried sisters Ellen and Letitia, but by 1911, together with her 77-year-old unmarried sister, Ellen had moved to 42 Ivry Street, Ipswich but does not seem to have exhibited after 1896. Louisa Elizabeth Mumford died at South Bank, Ivry Street, Ipswich on 16 November 1929, aged 91, she was unmarried.