GROOM, Mary Elizabeth

1903 - 1958

Mary Elizabeth Groom, was born at Corringham, Essex on 17 December 1903, daughter of John Box Groom (1862-1931), a master mariner, and his wife Charlotte Elizabeth née Long (12 July 1869-1945), who married at Corringham in 1899. In 1911, a 7 year old, living at Reydon Cottage, Wangford Road, Reydon, Southwold, Suffolk with her parents, 50 year old John, who had retired, and 41 year old Charlotte with five siblings, John Long 10 and William Herbert 8, both born in Calcutta, Anthony Jermyn 5, born Corringham, Samuel Robert 4 and Lydia Rowena 2, both born at Reydon. Mary studied wood engraving at Leon Underwood's Art School, along with Underwood (1890-1975) himself and fellow-students such as Blair Hughes-Stanton [q.v.], Gertrude Hermes (1901-1983) and Agnes Miller Parker (1895-1980). An artist and wood sculptor and a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle in 1953 from Wenhaston, Suffolk. Mary was part of the English Wood Engraving Society, a splinter-group of the Society of Wood-Engravers and is best-remembered for her engravings for a 1937 edition of Milton's 'Paradise Lost' (Golden Cockerel Press 1937). In 1939, an artist, living at The Grange, Reydon, Southwold with her widowed mother Charlotte and siblings William Henry (27 August 1902-1966), Anthony Jerman (born 14 April 1904) and George Thomas (31 October 1912-2006). She was of The Old Mill, Wenhaston, Suffolk when she died at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, Norwich on 21 December 1958, aged 55, she was unmarried.





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