Miss Edith Elizabeth Downing
Born 1857 (Presumed)
Died 3 October 1931
Active: 1891 - 1910
Country of birth and death: Wales
Born in Cardiff, Glamorgan and baptised on 26 January 1857 (the birth was registered in January so it is possible she was born in December 1856). Edith was the daughter of Edward Coenty Downing (c.1816-86, born in Falmouth, Cornwall) a coal merchant and shipping agent. She studied at South Kensington School of Art under Lanteri and then at the Slade (1892-3). Downing was a member of the Womens Social and Political Union and friends with Sylvia Pankhurst and Marion Wallace-Dunlop. Her works included statuettes of Sylvia Pankhurst and Annie Kenney. Edith was imprisoned for her suffragette activities and was force fed. There is a photograph of Edith Downing at work on a portrait bust in the collections of the Museum of London (Production Date: 1909-1914 ID no: 53.140/78. This image is available for viewing online on the Museum of London website, August 2016).
Wealth at death: £1,149 18s. 9d.
Probate date: 30 November 1931
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Miss Ellen Sparks
Music sent up to God
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery, Arts & Crafts Exhibition, 1900
Exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery, The Spring Exhibition, 1908
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
1891 - 1910
Exhibited 8 times, one work each year.
Exhibited at South Wales Art Society 9th Annual Exhibition, 1896
Exhibited at South Wales Art Society 10th Annual Exhibition of Pictures, 1897
Exhibited at Autumn exhibition of modern pictures in oil and water-colours: the twenty-seventh (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), 1897
Music sent up to God (cat. no. 1283, bust, £36).
Exhibited at South Wales Art Society 11th Annual Exhibition, 1898
3 October 1898 - 26 November 1898
Exhibited at Autumn exhibition of pictures & sculpture: the thirty-second (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), 1902
Music sent up to God (cat. no. 1494, bronze bust, not for sale).
Exhibited at Autumn exhibition of pictures & sculpture: the thirty-third (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), 1903
Mrs Gwendolen Bishop (cat. no. 1400, bust, not for sale).
Institutional and Business Connections
Member of Women Handicraft Workers, Hitchin
Member of The South Wales Art Society
1896 - 1900
Catalogue of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition 1900
Cat. No. 22, p. 18
Catalogue of the Spring Exhibition, The City Art Gallery, Leeds 1908
Cat. No. 369, 485, pp. 34, 43, 77
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871
Class: RG10; Piece: 5357; Folio: 19; Page: 31; GSU roll: 848450
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881
Class: RG11; Piece: 5284; Folio: 119; Page: 6; Line: ; GSU roll: 1342271
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891
Class: RG12; Piece: 64; Folio 47; Page 19; GSU roll: 6095174
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901
Class: RG13; Piece: 77; Folio: 190; Page: 43
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
Name: Edith Elizabeth Downing Registration Year: 1857 Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar Registration district: Cardiff Parishes for this Registration District: View Ecclesiastical Parishes associated with this Registration District Inferred County: Glamorgan Volume: 11a Page: 231
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
Name: Edith Elizabeth Downing Death Date: 3 Oct 1931 Death Place: Surrey, England Probate Date: 30 Nov 1931 Registry: London, England
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989. Volume 1, A-D. A Dictionary of Exhibitors at the Annual Exhibitions of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1990 The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989
The women's suffrage movement: a reference guide, 1866-1928
pp. 108, 171-2
Wales, Select Births and Baptisms, 1541-1907
Name: Edith Elizabeth Downing Gender: Female Baptism Date: 26 Jan 1857 Baptism Place: Saint John, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales Father: Edward Coenty Downing Mother: Mary Ann Sarah FHL Film Number: 104857, 104858
Citing this record
'Miss Edith Elizabeth Downing', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib1_1204301683, accessed 17 Jan 2017]