Beatrice Offor
Beatrice left the Slade in 1885. She continued for many years to have works presented by the Royal Academy. Her portraits were often of brides of that era, she often used her sisters as models. Come the first world war she painted officers from the forces. One exists in my home of an officer with the Royal Engineers, who we believe to be Beatrice’s step son in law, Edward Prestwick. She also completed work for several churches in the Tottenham area, All Hallows Church, where she painted the virgin and child, and St Matthews Ponders End. Her paintings also include various MP’s of the time. J.P. Howard MP and a Sir Ralph Littler. It is also coming to light the prolific art work for the advertising industry.

A print has recently come to light called “The Spirit of Christmas” This was printed and included in the Illustrated London Weekly Magazine. The picture is of a young woman with holly in her hair surrounded by drifting snow flakes. I imagine that there is at least three more of these prints somewhere, representing Spring, Summer and also Winter. More discoveries on the internet have proved valuable, as there appears to have been over the past two decades oil paintings sold in France and Spain. Along with two oils on glass of more young women. E mails from the USA and Canada have brought other paintings to light as well.

Beatrice married for the first time in 1892 at St Georges, Hanover Square, London, to a William Farran Littler. William was an artist and a sculptor in his own right. A member of the Royal Institute of Oil painters from 1887 to 1892. The only painting shown at the Royal Academy was titled “Beryl” the daughter of F Leslie Jefferson. It has been assumed that William was related to Sir Ralph Littler, but no records exist to prove this. William was the son of a Commercial Traveller, William Henry Littler. William Farran was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1866. His brother Clement was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, and Ralph Gray Littler born in London.

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