PRENTICE, Kate

1845 - 1911

Catherine Maria Prentice, known as Kate, was born at Stowmarket, Suffolk in 1845, daughter of Thomas Lungley Prentice, a corn dealer at Stowmarket, and his wife Catherine née Ridley, who married at Dunmow, Essex in 1841. By 1861 the family had moved to Moorville House, South Terrace, Headingley, Leeds, living next door to the family was watercolour artist Thomas Sutcliffe (1828-1871), who may have introduced Kate to watercolour painting. In 1871, Catherine was a governess to the children of William Sollar, a retired draper & landowner, at Rockingham Road, Kettering. A self-taught landscape painter but may have had some instruction from Paul Jacob Naftel (1817-1891) and in 1881, now Kate Prentice, was an artist in watercolour, lodging at 22 Edwardes Square, Kensington from where she exhibited two pictures at the New Watercolour Society in 1884 and one at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1885. She exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from 19 Kensington Square, London in 1883, an oil 'Chickens' and two watercolours 'Bolton Abbey' and 'A Misty Morning' and in 1884 from 10 Kensington Square, three watercolours 'Kirkstall Abbey, Yorkshire', 'All was Silent save the Trickling of the Rill' and 'Autumn on the Wharfe' and, as a member of the Club, in 1885 from 25 Edwards Square, Kensington, four watercolours 'On the Wharfe, near Bolton Abbey', 'Primulas', 'Transept in Bolton Abbey' and 'The Wharfe, near Barden' and was a regular exhibitor with her last pictures on show at Ipswich in 1896 'Heber's Ghyl, Ilkely and 'Sunset over the Wharfe, Ilkely' when lodging at St Clements, Ipswich from where in 1889 she exhibited a watercolour at the Bury & Suffolk Fine Art Society 'A Waterfall'. In 1901, a 55 year old landscape artist, living at 14 Churchfield Road, Ealing, London with her 79 year old widowed mother and 53 year old unmarried sister Mary E. with a servant and a boarder. In 1911, being described as 'an artist', was on a visit to 34 Otley Road, Headingly, Leeds where she died on 20 April 1911, she was unmarried being described as 'formerly of 14 Churchfield Road, Ealing. She is represented in the Victoria & Albert Museum




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