Alice Bertha Moreton

Alice Bertha Moreton (née Tippin; 23 March 1901 – 6 January 1977) was an English sculptor, draughtsman, and artist from Liverpool, England.

Alice Betha Moreton
Alice Betha Moreton

Professional life

Training

Alice was originally self-taught, experimenting with art and sculpture in the years following her departure from Bootle Secondary School.[1] Alice then spent a few years at the Bootle School of Art, before training at the Liverpool School of Art.[1] Following this, she studied at the prestigious Royal Academy Schools (1924 – 1928), where she exhibited many times.[1] In her time there, she was taught by Sir William Reid Dick, George Frampton and Ernest Jackson.[2]

Career

Alice was most active as a sculptor and artist between 1924 and 1936, working from London and mainland Europe, as well as from her home town Liverpool.[2]

Materials used

Her sculptures are in terracotta; her art is mainly pen and ink drawing, and watercolour.[2]

Signs work

Before Alice was married she signed her work A B. Tippin.[1] After marriage, Alice signed her work A. Bertha Moreton.[2]

Recognition

Exhibitions

She exhibited at the Salon (Paris), Southport Arts Centre, Manchester Art Gallery, Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Art Circle, Liverpool John Moores' Exhibition and at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum.[2]

Clubs

She was a member of the Liverpool Academy, Reynolds Club and Deeside Art Group.[2]

Work reproduced

Her work has been displayed across Merseyside, in Cheshire Life and in local papers, including the Liverpool Echo and the Liverpool Daily Post.[2]

Honours and exhibitions (chronologically)
Year Honour/exhibit
1922 Won two scholarships and two studentships at the Liverpool School of Art.[1]
1924-1928 Studied at the Royal Academy of Arts. In her time at the Royal Academy she won 3 travelling scholarships (to Rome, Venice and Paris), being awarded 3 silver medals and 3 bronze medals in the process.[1]
1925-36 Exhibited three times with three different portrait heads at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768.[3]
1925 Won a 2-year Landseer Scholarship (Royal Academy of Arts), 1884-1950.[3]
1925 Awarded a £5 first prize and a silver medal for two models of 'a bust from the life'.[4]
1926 Awarded a second prize of £20 and a bronze medal for a model of a design of a subject combined with architecture, and a £10 prize and silver medal for a model for a medal or coin.[5]
1927 Awarded a Landseer first prize of £30 and silver medal for a model of a design.[6]
1927 Awarded another Landseer first prize of £30 and silver medal for a set of three models of a figure from the life.[6]
1927 Awarded yet another two year Landseer Scholarship for sculpture, in 1927.[7]
1957 Became a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art.[7]

Personal life

Alice was born in Walton, Liverpool, daughter of David Tippin (a builder and contractor).[1] Her hobbies included riding, swimming and dancing.[1] She married John Moreton in Walton.[1] Over her life, Alice suffered a progressive loss of hearing. She was operated on, but this operation had detrimental effects. Her gravestone is in Willaston.

Famous relatives

Her brother-in-law’s wife’s father, was Henry Tingle Wilde, the chief officer of the RMS Titanic, whose life ended on that fateful night under a cloud of controversy. Charlie Matthews, current Harlequins 2nd Row, is Alice’s great grandson.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Who's Who in Art, second edition. London: The Art Trade Press LTD. 1929. p. 321.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Who's Who in Art, fourteenth edition. The Art Trade Press. 1967. p. 380.
  3. ^ a b "Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland, 1851-1951".
  4. ^ "Royal Academy, 'Annual Report'". 1924: 32.
  5. ^ "Annual Report". 1926: 35.
  6. ^ a b "Landseer Scholarships (Royal Academy of Arts), 1884-1950".
  7. ^ a b "Royal Academy, 'Annual Report". 1927: 37–28.

Sources

  • Annual Report from the Council of The Royal Academy to the General Assembly of Academicians for the Year 1924, 1925 Royal Academy Annual Reports; 20 February 1925; p. 32.
  • Annual Report from the Council of The Royal Academy to the General Assembly of Academicians for the Year 1926, 1927 Royal Academy Annual Reports; 1927; p. 35.
  • Annual Report from the Council of The Royal Academy to the General Assembly of Academicians for the Year 1927, 1928 Royal Academy Annual Reports; 1928; p. 38.
  • Royal Academy Exhibitors 1905-70: A Dictionary of Artists and their Work in the Summer Exhibitions of the Royal Academy of Arts, Vol. VI SHERR-ZUL; 1982; p. 146
  • 'Alice Bertha Tippin', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib4_1263482925]

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