1907 - 1974

Effie Spring-Smith - self-portrait

Effie Spring-Smith, was born at Doric Place, Woodbridge on 26 May 1907, daughter of unmarried Liverpool born Annie Darby, who was cook to Wilford George Smith (1871-28 December 1917), farmer, of Doric House, Woodbridge. In 1911, Effie was a three year old living at Doric Place, Woodbridge, with her 40 year old mother Annie Darby who was of Wayside, Ipswich Road, Woodbridge when she died at the Ipswich & East Suffolk Hospital on 4 June 1922. Effie was educated at Ipswich High School for Girls and studied under George Rushton at the Ipswich School of Art and at under Professor Henry Tonks (1862-1937) at the Slade School of Fine Art 1925-1929. A painter of figures, portraits and flowers in oil and watercolour, she exhibited at Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; New English Art Club; Royal Society of Portrait Painters; the Royal Academy; Royal Society of British Artists; Royal Institute of Oil Painters; the Royal Society of British Artists and the Society of Women Painters 1930-1940 from London. Member of the Royal Society of British Artists 1940. She exhibited at Tibbenham's Gallery, Brook Street, Ipswich in 1943 'Cornish Coast' and 'Spring Flowers' and was a member of Ipswich Art Club 1930-1966 and exhibited from 138 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 in 1932 five works 'A Suffolk Kitchen', 'Abbes V.', 'Portrait', 'The Pink Necklace' and a design for a mural decoration 'Follow Me', four in 1937 'Evening on a Farm', 'Lugano Market', 'Baker's Round' and 'Carthew Point, St Ives' and regularly had four to six pictures on show annually, her watercolour 'The Free Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb' was exhibited at the centenary exhibition of the club in 1974. In 1939, a commercial artist living at Haverstock Hill, Hampstead, London and she married at Hampstead later that year, artist Herbert Cutner (5 February 1881-13 February 1969) and her later paintings were signed Cutner. Effie Cutner died at 1 Temple Fortune Lane, London NW.11, on 1 November 1974. One of her works, A portrait of the Billiard and Snooker Player Joyce Gardner, was sold at auction on the 12 May 2021 for 4,850.

Works by This Artist