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Sarah Fanny Hockey

(baptised 1875-1939), Artist

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Benjamin Britten, by Sarah Fanny Hockey - NPG 5137

Benjamin Britten

by Sarah Fanny Hockey
watercolour, circa 1920
NPG 5137


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Tony Copsey

17 March 2018, 13:29

Sarah Fanny Hockey, was baptised at Walworth, Surrey on 12 September 1875, daughter of William Henry Hockey (1842-1906), doorkeeper at the Home Office, and his wife Rhoda Elisabeth nee Niblow (1846-1910), who married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1871. In 1881, a 5 year old, living at 168 Camberwell Road, Lambeth with her parents, 38 year old Henry and 35 year old Rhoda, with six siblings, Henry William (1871-1948), Edith Rhoda (1873-), Edgar James (1874-1964), Effie Maud (1876-), Mary Elizabeth (1878-) and Frederick Hinton (1880-1915). In 1891, she and her two younger sisters, Effie and Mary, were boarder at a high school at Alexandra House, Market Street, Cookham, Berkshire run by Arablla Hinton. In 1901, a 25 year old lithographic artist, living with the family, now at 268 Vauxhall Buildings Road, Hanover Square, London, and in 1911, a 34 year old miniature artist, lodging at 7 Mount Ephraim Road, Streatham, London, the home of Donald Wallace Doughty, a 52 year old schoolmaster, and his family. Sarah was an aunt to composer Benjamin Britten and painted a miniature of him in 1922 from 21 Kirkley Cliff Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1924-1925 and from 88 Berners Street, Ipswich, the home of William Hockey, exhibited in 1924 six items, 'Beth, younger daughter of R. V. Britten, Esq.', 'Miss Letitia Withall', 'Mrs William Poynts Blandy', a case of four miniature portraits, a case of miniatures of 'Baby' and 'The Gypsey' and a miniature 'W. H. Hockey, Esq.'. Sarah died in Surrey mid-eastern district in 1939, aged 64, she was unmarried. (Selected Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten. 2011)

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