1859 - 1948

Clara Jane Shalders, was born at Saxmundham, Suffolk on 29 January 1859, daughter of Alfred Shalders (1827-1908), who kept a draper's shop on the Cornhill, Ipswich, and his wife Emily née Taylor (1825-1902), who married at Tunstead, Norfolk in 1856. In 1881, a drawing teacher, living at 16 Burlington Road, Ipswich with her 54 year old father Alfred, now a draper trade valuer, his 55 year old wife Emily and two sibling sisters, 20 year old art Emily [q.v.[ and 17 year old Lucy Mary [q.v.], a scholar. Clara studied at the Ipswich School of Science and Art, from where in 1884, obtained her diploma in Advanced Art Examinations in Painting from Still Life and her Art Teacher's Certificate. In 1891 a 32 year old painting and drawing teacher, still living with the family at 16 Burlington Road, Ipswich, but by 1901, a 41 year old ladies companion, living at Redclyffe, Bradford Street, Bocking, Braintree, Essex in the household of Frederick West, a brush manufacturer and his family. In 1939, still unmarried, was living at St Wilfrids, Trimley, Woodbridge, Suffolk and was of St Wilfrids, The Avenue, Trimley when she died at Felixstowe Cottage Hospital on 5 March 1948, she was unmarried.