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Ethel Léontine Gabain

Deceased Person

Ethel Léontine Gabain (26 March 1883 Le Havre - 1950 London) was a French-English artist. She was the wife of print maker John Copley and the mother of actor Peter Copley, also called by her married name of Ethel Copley. While she was known for her oil portraits of actresses , she was one of the few artists of her time able to live on the sale of her lithographs. She also did etchings, dry-points, as well as some posters. Ethel had four sisters and one brother. Her father was French and her mother, Bessie, was born in Scotland. Her father, Charles Edward Gabain was a well off French coffee importer and on his retirement he moved the family to England to The Manor House, Bushey, Hertfordshire. Ethel was born in France and lived there for over twenty years. When she moved to England she was well equipped. She knew the country and was able to speak fluent English due to the fact, from the age of fourteen, she had boarded at Wycombe Abbey School, Buckinghamshire. The school encouraged her art skills and commissioned her to paint a portrait of Miss Ann Watt Whitelaw, who was a prominent headmistress there from 1911-1925. Ethel met her husband, John Copley, at the Senefelder Club. They  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1883-03-26
Place of birth
Le Havre

Death

Date of death
1950

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