River Orwell an Oil Painting signed by Ellen Hartridge dated 1905.
The painting is a beach view of the River Orwell with the surf rolling in and sail boats in the distance and is oil on canvas measuring 28" tall by 42" wide.
In what appears to be the original frame measuring 38.5" tall by 53" wide.
Ellen Hartridge, was born at Woodbridge, Suffolk on 5 June 1868, penultimate child of James Hartridge (c.1818-1888), a butcher, and his wife Susannah née Hills (14 November 1830-1907), who married at Woodbridge on 22 January 1852.
In 1871, 2 year old Ellen was living at The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge with her father, 52 year old James, Susannah was absent from home, and her five siblings Annie 18, James 16, William 9, Rose 7 and Edward 5.
Her father died at Woodbridge in 1888, aged 71 and in 1891 Ellen was a 21 year old assistant in the family flower shop at 1 Crown Villas, Thoroughfare, Woodbridge with her 59 year old widowed mother Susanna[h] and 17 year old sister Alice, who also worked in the flower shop, and a brother Edward, a salesman.
She studied at the Ipswich School of Art and in February 1900 was place 3rd in 'Painting from Still Life' with Henry Cotman [q.v.] and Sylvia Packard [q.v.] being 1st and 2nd but she beat Sylvia Packard into 2nd place in 'Drawing Human Figures from Life' class.
In 1901, a 30 year old art teacher, still living at Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, with her mother and a visitor, 44 year old Alice Mary Goodchild [q.v.] but the following year was living at 126 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich and by 1907 had moved to 7 Manor Road, Ipswich where her mother died in 1907, aged 76.
In 1911, both Ellen and Alice Goodchild, as artists and art teachers, were living at 7 Manor Road.
A member of the Ipswich Art Club and exhibited from 126 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich in 1902, five watercolours 'A Peaceful Evening', 'Afternoon on the Stour', 'The Stour near Stratford', 'Low Tide on the Orwell' and 'The Orwell, near Gainsborough Lane' but does not seem to have exhibited after this.
In 1939, an art teacher at a private school, living at 7 Manor Road, Ipswich with a companion help Martha Gosling, and where Ellen was living before her death at Brook House Nursing Home, Henley Road, Ipswich on 9 September 1951, aged 83, she was unmarried.