Lessore, Thérèse (1884–1945)

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Lessore, Thérèse (1884–1945)

English painter. Name variations: Therese Lessore. Born 1884 in Brighton, England; died 1945 in Bathampton, England; dau. of Jules Lessore (artist and pottery painter); granddau. of Emile Lessore (decorator for Wedgewood Potteries); sister of Louise Powell (artist who m. Alfred Powell, owner of glassworks); attended South Western Polytechnic Art School, then Slade, 1904–09; m. Bernard William Audenay (Slade artist and member of Bloomsbury Group); m. William Sickert (artist), 1926 (died 1942).

Impressionist painter, won Melville-Nettleship prize (1909); painted landscapes and interiors as well as theater and circus subjects; became part of Walter Sickert's London Group and held 1st solo exhibition (1918); formed lifelong professional relationship with Leicester Gallery (1924); married emotionally unstable Sickert after death of his 2nd wife (1926), serving as guardian and companion of aging artist; settled in Bath (1938), then St. George's Hill House in Bathampton; painted many Bath views and became associated with Victoria Art Gallery there.

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