STEEL, Beatrice Mary

1886 - 1947

Beatrice Mary Steel, was born at 5 Butter Market, Ipswich on 10 March 1886, daughter of John Steel, a grocer, and the first of his three wives, Georgiana née Ashford, who married at Norwich in 1882, Georgiana died at Ipswich in 1888 and the following year John married Laura née Norman, who died in 1896, when he married for a third time, in 1900 Edith née Bishop. John was a partner in the Ipswich firm of Miller & Steel, grocers at 5-7 Butter Market, Ipswich where Beatrice was living in 1891. In 1911, the Steel's were living at 12 Gainsborough Road, Ipswich and later moved to Crowfield, near Ipswich. Beatrice trained at the Ipswich School of Art and in 1913, three of her works were on show at the Ipswich Fine Art Club 'Old Archway, Fore Street', 'Old Gateway, Salthouse Street' and 'A Sproughton Field', and in 1916 she had two more works on show 'Chapel Screen, Southwold Church' and 'Sunset over Blythburgh Common'. A painter in oil and watercolour and an etcher, she became a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1919-1938, exhibiting from Pear Tree Farm, Crowfield, Ipswich in 1927, five watercolours 'A Westmorland Cottage', 'Hemingstone Church', 'Spring at Coddenham', 'Late Autumn, Coddenham' and 'Old Houses, Coddenham' and exhibited at least forty-one works 1919-1931 including building studies, local landscapes and some garden scenes such as an oil 'A June in the Garden' (1923). By 1939, she had returned to live at 42 Newbury Road, Ipswich where she died on 23 May 1947, aged 61, she was unmarried.