ROPE, Dorothy

1883 - 1971

'Dorrie' Rope

Dorothy Anne Aldrich Rope, was born at Blaxhall, Suffolk on 25 November 1883, daughter of Arthur Mingay Rope (30 November 1850-17 February 1946), and his wife Agnes Maud Aldrich (27 March 1855-1 December 1943), youngest daughter of Revd William Wogan Aldrich (1800-1864), who married at Wickham Marker, Suffolk on 16 September 1882. Dorothy, who was a niece of George Thomas Rope [q.v.], was educated at Ipswich High School, winning prizes 1899-1900 and studied at the Royal College of Art in South Kensington where she exhibited some terra-cotta figures in 1906 and she had exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1903, a silver relief 'Summer is y cumin in'. In 1911, a 27 year old sculptor and draughtsman, living at Devonshire Mansions, 107 Marylebone Road, London NW with her 56 year old aunt Ellen Mary Rope [q.v.], a sculptor, and May Heatherington Barker (1857-1912), a 53 year old artist and art teacher. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1928-1966 but had exhibited as early as 1900 and in 1916, two works 'Virgin and Child' and 'The Manger' and in 1927 exhibited from Aldrich, 404c Fulham Road, London, two pottery figures 'Madonna and Child' and 'Portrait Head of a Baby', in 1932 from 66b Deodar Road, Putney, London, a bass relief 'St Clair' and a figurine 'The Holy Child' and was a regular exhibitor, she also exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; the Royal Academy; the Society of Women Artists and at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society and elsewhere, all from London. In 1939, an art school teacher, living at 7 Gypsy Lane, Kettering, Northamptonshire. Dorothy Rope died at Upper Abbey, Leiston, Suffolk on 13 June 1971, she was unmarried. She designed the Leiston War Memorial and a memorial plaque to her brother Arthur, who died as a schoolboy, inside St Margaret's church, Leiston.




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