ROPE, Ellen Mary

1855 - 1934

Ellen Mary Rope

Ellen Mary Rope, was born at Blaxhall, Suffolk in 1855, the seventh of nine children of George Rope (1814-6 December 1912) and his wife Anne née Pope (1821-1882) of Grove Farm, Blaxhall, who married in 1844, her siblings were George Thomas Rope and Edith Dorothy Rope. ‘Nell’ attended Ipswich Art School under William Thompson Griffiths, specialised in sculpture, particularly bas reliefs in a variety of materials. A member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1876-1933, exhibiting from 1876 and in 1881 exhibited from Blaxhall, Wickham Market, three paintings, a design for a Christmas Card ‘Youthful Bellringers' and watercolours 'Seaside Sketches' and 'Tired Out', in 1882 four pictures 'A Jolly Tar' and watercolours 'The Morning Walk', 'Design for a New Year's Card' and 'Hand-in-hand when our Life was May' and in 1883 some fourteen works including a Slade composition 'The Adoration of the Magi' and was a regular exhibitor, exhibiting in 1932 four sculptures 'Lunetto in plaster', a plaque 'Venture', 'Bliss' and a kneeling figure of 'The Holy Virgin' and in 1889 at the Woodbridge Art Exhibition at the Assembly Room, Bull Hotel, Woodbridge she had on show an oil painting. Ellen was one the first female students at the Slade School of Art in London studying drawing and painting, and in 1880 Professor Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), introduced her to sculpture and modelling, being awarded a second prize in plaster for a classic vase depicting children playing. Leaving Slade in 1884 she visited France and Italy after which she became a designer for Della Robbia Pottery of Birkenhead, which was founded in 1894, until its closure in 1906. She worked in London for much of her artistic career, often sharing a studio at Devonshire Mansions, Marylebone Road with her niece, Dorothy Rope. Besides the Ipswich Fine Art Club she also exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery; Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Manchester City Art Gallery; New Gallery; Royal Academy; Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Miniature Society. During the 1920s she retired to the family farm at Blaxhall, where she died on 13 September 1934 and buried at St Peter's Church, Blaxhall, she was unmarried. St Peter's church contains two stained glass panels, which was a collaborative work of two of her nieces, Margaret Agnes Rope and Margaret Edith Aldrich Rope, to the designs of Ellen Rope's designs. (Ellen Mary Rope: The Poet Sculptor–1997).

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