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Agnes Clara Tatham

Female 1893 - 1972  (79 years)



  • Name Agnes Clara Tatham  [1, 2, 3
    Known as "Widdy" 
    Birth 18 Jan 1893  Northcourt House, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 4, 5
    • On the 18th Jan., at Northcourt, Abingdon, the wife of M. T. Tatham, of a daughter. [The Times]
    Residence Mar 1901  Eden Cottage, Beckenham Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Occupation Apr 1911  Student  [6
    Residence Apr 1911  Northcourt House, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Occupation abt 1915 -  Artist & Portrait Painter  [2, 7
    Residence 1920  23 Elsham Rd, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Event 1921 - 1922  Royal Academy, Piccadilly Find all individuals with events at this location ; Art exhibition  [2
    • In 1920 she exhibited at the Royal Academy two notable pictures: No 318 "The Gallows-tree was never built for handsome lads like you" and No 319 "Lazarus". In 1921 she exhibited at the Royal Academy "The Three Fates" and "The Idol"; and in 1922 "The Road to Emmaus", "The River at Wapping" and "Mrs Oliver Quibell". [Curtis]
    • Miss Agnes Tatham, in two little pictures "The Gallows Tree" and "Lazarus", shows an imaginative power unusual in modern art; she recalls Rembrandt, yet is not a mere scholarly imitator. [The Times, 21 May 1920]
    Residence 1929  51 Holland Park Rd, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Event 1934 - 1937  Royal Academy, Piccadilly Find all individuals with events at this location ; Art exhibition  [9
    • We had the great pleasure of seeing Agnes's Academy picture, "The Newcomer", reproduced in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Sketch, Daily Mirror, Illustrated London News, & to read a little paragraph about her in the Daily Mail, headed "Agnes Tatham's Academy Picture, A Newcomer for Heaven".
      The picture - a large one - is not too well hung, being above a large & brightly coloured one by David Murray. But it has quite evidently struck the popular fancy - appealing to that deep interest there is today in the "life to come", and also appealing to the general sympathy with the "down-&-out", though Agnes did not mean her "Newcomer" to be exactly that. Not only has she been noticed widely in the press, but also she has had many letters from people who have seen the photographs, or the picture, & liked it. The Bishop of Grantham, the Dean of Carlisle, 2 American ladies (who saw it in the New York Times), a Scotch lady (who wants a copy made), a Keble undergraduate, and two other ladies. One of them wanted a photograph of the picture for the widow of an unemployed man - who had died in an asylum after 2 years of fruitless searching for work. Coming in one day, he had thrown himself into a chair, calling to his wife "It's all over - it's all over! I'm in Heaven!", and after that he was absolutely out of his mind till he died. The picture is really an allegory - showing the nearness of the unseen world to the work-a-day world seen outside the ramparts. One need not think of it as Heaven - it rather obviously is not, as it is peopled only by spirits, by an Angel at the door, trumpeting his approach, & by the Newcomer. But there is a light on these as of some other Light Beyond. Personally I liked "The Sinner", and "Where are the Nine" better; the latter has never been accepted at the R.A.; the former, though hung, was not much noticed. The Sweden Borgians have the first article in their paper, "The New Church", devoted to Agnes' picture, which they would like to possess. They say it depicts the unseen world as it was revealed to Sweden Borg. [Silvia Tatham, Diaries, vol. XXXII, 20 Jun 1934]
    • Most of the tempera paintings are concentrated in the smaller of the South Rooms, and here [...] preference nearly always goes to the flower studies; such as "Winter Bunch" by Miss Agnes C Tatham; [The Times, 09 May 1938]
    The Newcomer.
    The Newcomer.
    By Agnes Tatham (1893-1972).
    Exhibited at Royal Academy in 1934
    Residence 1939  51 Holland Park Rd, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Residence abt 1950 - 1970  77 Bedford Gardens, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [7, 8
    Residence abt 1970 - 1972  Northcourt House, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Death 13 Sep 1972  Northcourt House, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location   [5, 10
    • On September 13th, peacefully, Agnes Tatham, R.B.A., aged 79, of Kensington and Abingdon, dear sister of Meaburn and Evelyn. Memorial service to be announced later. [The Times]
    Burial   Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location   [7, 11
    Agnes Clara Tatham (1893-1972)
    Agnes Clara Tatham (1893-1972)
    Memorial Service; Christchurch, Northcourt; 28 Oct 1972
    Notes 
    • passengers on White Star "Majestic" arr Southampton 26 Apr 1929: name Tatham, ex Cherbourg, resid Northcourt House, Abingdon, Berks: Meaburn Talbot, 71, magistrate; Clara Susan, 68, housewife; Agnes Clara, 36, artist; Evelyn Margaret, 29, teacher
    • Her diaries, in about 30 volumes, have been preserved and in 2011 were in the keeping of the daughters of her niece (and god-daughter) Agnes Knudsen.
    • Link to website about Agnes Tatham
    Person ID I0002  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 09 Aug 2012 

    Father Meaburn Talbot Tatham,   b. 09 Feb 1858, 6 Cleveland Gardens, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jan 1937, Northcourt House, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Clara Susan Miers,   b. 19 Mar 1861, Edgbaston Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1945, Northcourt House, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Marriage 22 Dec 1883  St Mary, Shortlands Find all individuals with events at this location   [12, 13
    • On the 22nd at St Mary's, Shortlands, by the Rev. G E Tatham, rector of Ryburgh, Norfolk, assisted by the Rev. H F Wolley, vicar of Shortlands, Meaburn Talbot Tatham, eldest son of Charles Meaburn Tatham, Esq., of 14 Cleveland Gardens, W., and Emberton, Bucks, to Clara Susan, third daughter of Francis Charles Miers, Esq, of Eden Cottage, Beckenham [The Times, 25 Dec 1883; Morning Post, 26 Dec 1883; Bromley Record, 01 Jan 1884]
    Notes 
    • 4 servants resid Apr 1891 (most of family away):
      * Mary J Barnett, cook, 35 b Wolverhampton;
      * Alice Sarah Smith, parlourmaid, 30 b Westminster;
      * Rose Davies, nurse, 29 b Newport, Mon;
      * Mary E Halford, housemaid, 26 b Toft, Lincs.
    • Northcourt House, Apr 1911: 24 rooms, with 5 servants living in (+ coachman at the lodge).
      * Leah Cooper, parlourmaid, 59 b Christchurch, Glos;
      * Emily Mary Figes, housemaid, 52 b Kensington;
      * Thirza Keen, lady's maid, 23 b Oddington, Glos;
      * Lena Dimmock, cook, 29 b Devonshire (town or parish unknown);
      * Emma Griselda Stevens, kitchenmaid, 17 b Bledington, Glos.
      +
      * William Badcock, coachman, 57 b Drayton.
      [1911 census]
    Photos
    Northcourt House, Abingdon
    Northcourt House, Abingdon
    Home of the Meaburn Tatham family
    Watercolour by Bernard C Gotch
    Meaburn Talbot Tatham & Clara Susan Miers
    Meaburn Talbot Tatham & Clara Susan Miers
    Abingdon abt 1905
    Family ID F0004  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 18 Jan 1893 - Northcourt House, Abingdon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - Eden Cottage, Beckenham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1911 - Northcourt House, Abingdon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1920 - 23 Elsham Rd, Kensington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent - Art exhibition - 1921 - 1922 - Royal Academy, Piccadilly Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1929 - 51 Holland Park Rd, Kensington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent - Art exhibition - 1934 - 1937 - Royal Academy, Piccadilly Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1939 - 51 Holland Park Rd, Kensington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1950 - 1970 - 77 Bedford Gardens, Kensington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1970 - 1972 - Northcourt House, Abingdon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 13 Sep 1972 - Northcourt House, Abingdon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Abingdon Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Abingdon, 1Q1893.

    2. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      Agnes Clara Tatham age 8 b Abingdon

    4. [S05] The Times, birth notice, 21 Jan 1893.

    5. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Banbury, 3Q1972.
      Agnes Tatham dob 17 Jan 1893

    6. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.

    7. [S03] Family Members, RCC.

    8. [S17] Telephone Directories.

    9. [S05] The Times, Picture Gallery, 05 May 1934.

    10. [S05] The Times, death notice, 15 Sep 1972.

    11. [S07] Other Sources, Funeral service sheet.

    12. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Bromley, 4Q1883.

    13. [S11] Newspaper, Bromley Record, 01 Jan 1884.
      marriage notice