Charcoal portrait of St. Osyth
which was drawn by Kathleen Shackleton (1884 - 1961, sister of
the explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and successful portrait artist
in England and Canada.
The sitting was in Wormingford Grove, Essex where she lived before
marriage with her parents after they left London.
This portrait originally
was displayed in Parsonage Hall.
When St Osyth decided to leave and move to Oxford in 1966 she
donated this portrait to Alfred Hume, her devoted handyman and
Today this is owned
by Alfreds son Neville, in Sutton Coldfield
On the rear it states:_
St Osyth Mahala
During 2007 another portrait was uncovered
when clearing the house of Dorothy Eaves, St Osyth`s housekeeper
On the reverse it reads:- St Osyth Mahala Eustace
Now as St Osyth did not get married until
1924 the surname is incorrect, if it was drawn in 1921.
This leaves the question "why a second portrait ?"
Reads:- To Mrs Dorothy Eves with best wishes from Thomas Wood, Bures
The portrait was framed by Ryman & Co of Oxford
I believe the reason for not being framed locally, was because Dr Wood
in 1920 became a Doctor of Music at Oxford.
Consequently, he would have been living in the Oxford at the time.
Records indicate Rymans were located at 23 High St, Oxford between 1909
No connections that I can find with todays Rymans Stationers.
Art Dealer Magazine circa 1925
Although the prtrait is dated 1921,
was that the date it was framed ?
It would have been ideal if Rymans were still trading to see iif
they could confirm a specific date from their records
Unfortunately, they ceased trading in 1968
(1884-1961) was born in Dublin, Ireland and lived in London, England.
She was the sister of the famous Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
She immigrated to Canada in 1912 where she settled in Montreal and produced
and exhibited numerous paintings. She returned to England in 1916 and
stayed until the late 1920's before eventually returning to Canada. She
became known for her skillfully drawn pastel portraits. Her sitters were
people from all walks of life and her clients came mainly from Montreal
and the surrounding area.
Between 1930 and 1938 Shackleton executed
a series of cultural portraits which were used by the Canadian Pacific
Railway to promote folkdance, folksong, and handicraft festivals.
Katherine has one portrait on display in the National Portrait Gallery,
see above LINK
Another example of
Kathleens work in the Victoria and Albert Museum LINK
A striking resemblance to the local 2007 Portrait
Research by Alan Beales .webmaster
Acknowledgement to Amanda and Neville Hume of Sutton Coldfield for all their
Acknowledgement to Jean
Howe for the B& W portrait, Bures
Rymans location:- http://www.oxfordhistory.org.uk/high/tour/north/023.html