ABBAY, Miss Janet [Joan] Norman

1883 - 1976

As Janet Norman Abbay, she was born at Earl Soham, near Framlingham, Suffolk on 27 February 1883, daughter of Revd Canon Richard Abbay (1844-1927), clergyman, and his wife Janet née Norman (1859-1924), who married at Mistley, Essex in 1880. In 1901, living at Earl Soham rectory with her parents, 57 year old Richard and 42 year old Janet, and their other children Christobel 16 and Ruth 10. As Joan Abbay, a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1903-1908 and exhibited from Earl Soham Rectory in 1903 six watercolours 'Portrait of Miss E. Butt', 'Landscape near Dedham', 'Portrait of W. Harvey' and three illustrated 'Proverbs' and in 1906 exhibited four portraits 'W. Harsant', 'An Old Lady', Miss M. Shee' and a 'Portrait' and some local illustrations, all watercolours. In April 1911 she was living at the boarding house of Annie Fogg at Homesea, Undercliff Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk. She married at Earl Soham in 1914, Herbert Hudson (1871-1952), who was the author of 'Lodequest: A Ballad of the Grail' (Ipswich 1927) for which his wife Joan produced the illustrated cover and also contributed one of the poems. In 1939 they were living at Great Ruffins, Beacon Hill, Maldon, Essex and she died at Chelmsford, Essex in 1976.

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