Local artist Eliza Westlake was born in Southampton in 1829, the youngest of four sisters of a prominent Quaker family. She lived with two of her sisters at the family house in Brunswick Place for over 40 years until c.1905 when she moved to a house called Woodville at 227 Portswood Road. She died in 1918.

Her paintings mainly depicted local landscapes and coastal scenes. She painted for her own satisfaction rather than for public display and so her work is not well known; most of it is in private collections, although Southampton Art Gallery has two landscapes. One of her paintings, part of the Lankester Collection destroyed during World War Two, was the subject of a ‘Townsman’ article in the Daily Echo and reproduced in Southampton Occasional Notes.

Oil Painting of an Unidentified Location

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By Eliza Westlake.

Further reading:

Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p39. (HS/h)


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