Maria Ellen Reeks
Born 1 December 1858
Died 10 July 1929
Active: 1894 - 1910
Country of birth and death: England
Wood carver, teacher
Born in Pimlico, London. She was the daughter of Trenham Reeks (1823-1879, born in Lambeth), a geologist, Registrar at the Royal School of Mines, Assistant Curator of the Museum of Economic Geology from c.1839 and then Curator of the Museum of Practical Geology including the Survey Library whose effects were valued at under £5,000 at his death in 1879. Maria's sister, Margaret Reeks (born c.1855) was an art teacher and possibly a sculptor. She died in London.
Wealth at death: £508 8s. 1d.
Probate date: 9 September 1929
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Contributed to making of Chimney-piece in carved pine
Carved Carved Walnut Panel
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society: Second Exhibition, 1889
'Bracket with figure'
Exhibited at Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society: Ninth Exhibition, 1910
'Head of a Child'
Exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery, Arts & Crafts Exhibition, 1900
Exhibited at The Arts and Crafts Society of Ireland Second Exhibition, 1899
Institutional and Business Connections
Manager of School of Art Wood Carving
Member of Women Handicraft Workers, Hitchin
Member of The Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society
1894 (Presumed) - 1899 (Presumed)
Personal and Professional Connections
Collaborated with F.A. Crollan
Collaborated with Margaret May Giles
[Assuming that the reference to S.Giles in the 1889 ACES exhibtion catalogue refers to M.GIles].
Collaborated with J.C. Holt
Collaborated with William S. Williamson
Collaborated with J. Watson
Collaborated with Herbert Henry Grimwood
Descriptions of Practice
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891
'Wood carver' employed (her sister Margaret is listed as an 'Artist Sculp'
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881
'Wood Carver' and sister Margaret 'Art Teacher'
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911
'Manager Art School' employment 'Wood Carving' worker and her cousin Ethel Eugenie Hendrey 'Clerk Art School' employment 'Wood Carving' worker
Arts and Crafts Society: Catalogue of the Ninth Exhibition.
Arts and Crafts Society: Catalogue of the Second Exhibition.
p.207, p.210, p.248.
Catalogue of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition 1900
Cat. No. 13, p. 17
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881
Class: RG11; Piece: 109; Folio: 68; Page: 9; GSU roll: 1341025
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891
Class: RG12; Piece: 46; Folio 14; Page 21; GSU roll: 6095156
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911
Class: RG14; Piece: 130
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858-1966
Name: Maria Ellen Reeks Probate Date: 9 Sep 1929 Death Date: 10 Jul 1929 Death Place: Middlesex, England Registry: London
London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906
Maria Ellen Reeks Female Born: 1 December 1858 Christened 28 May 1859, Westminster. Father’s Name: Trenham Reeks Mother: Christiana Caroline.
Citing this record
'Maria Ellen Reeks', 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=msib2_1209076996, accessed 30 Jul 2015]