CHAPMAN, Della

1931 - ?

As Adella J. Lythgoe, she was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1931, daughter of Henry Lythgoe (4 March 1900-1974), and his wife Florence Lilian née Shaw (born 25 January 1901), who married at Bolton in 1930. In 1939, she was living at 82 Dordons Road, Luton, Bedfordshire with her parents Henry, a cash collector, and Florence. She attended Goldsmiths' College School of Art 1949-1953, her tutors were were painters Adrian Ryan and Kenneth Martin (1905-1984), and sculptor Ivor Roberts-Jones (1913-1996). Although she did not study etching at college, working in close proximity to the subject matter, she draws directly onto a copper or steel plate, using a sharp metal point. These plates are then immersed in acid and ‘bitten', rolled up with printing inks and printed onto paper through an etching press. She married at Sudbury, Suffolk in 1957, Martin Chapman, and works under the name of Della Chapman. She settled at Syers Farm, Hitcham, Suffolk where a close-up study of nature was of a major importance in her work, and from where she exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1959 amongst others, an oil 'Harvest Carts' and from where she exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1970 'Sunny Fields '76' and 'Rose Hips in Winter '75' and in 1985 'Bush Faggots in the Snow' also showing at Greenwich Prinmakers; Gainsborough House in Sudbury; Print Workshop in Sudbury and at the Suffolk Craft Society where she is an honorary member. Solo exhibitions included Luton Museum; Gainsborough House and elsewhere in East Anglia. They later moved to Margaret Catchpole's Cottage, Park Lane, Brandeston, Suffolk.




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