WHITBY, Elsie Margaret

1865 - 1947

As Elsie Margaret Cluff, she was born at 68 Albion Road, Hackney on 1 January 1865, daughter of William George Cluff, clerk to a house agent, and his wife Louisa Hephzibah née Jack, who married at Shoreditch in 1848. In 1901, an 'artist', living with her widowed father at Eagle House, 354 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, Essex and she married in London in 1907, John Warren Whitby (9 March 1865-27 May 1942), a farmer at Wadlands Farm, Raydon, near Ipswich. A painter of landscapes and buildings in oil and watercolour and as Mrs John Warren Whitby, a member of Ipswich Art Club 1910-1912 exhibiting twelve works including in 1910, three watercolours 'A Suffolk Harvest Field', 'Harvest Sunset' and 'The Building of Tower Bridge' and an oil 'Henry VII Chapel, Westminster Abbey', five works in 1911 and three in 1912. In 1939, living at 'Goodlands', Raydon, Hadleigh, Suffolk with her husband John Warren Whitby, manager of his own farm. Elsie died at 'Goodlands' Raydon on 20 September 1947, aged 82. Under her maiden name of Elsie M. Cluff she painted a watercolour in 1910 'The Tomb of Edward the Confessor' (40cm x 28cm)