In 1912 George Elgar Hicks a well known society artist painted the portait of a Mrs Scantlebury but who was she?

George Elgar Hicks was a well reputed Victorian artist who turned to society portraiture in the 1870s up until his death in 1914. He was born in Lymington in Hampshire. During his height of success he acquired successively larger houses in Bayswater and Notting Hill.
   In 1883 he moved to the grandest of his homes 108 Westbourne Terrace in fashionable Tyburnia. On his father’s death Hicks was left nine properties in Lymington.
   This painting was done in 1912, two years before his death by which time he was living in Odiham in Hampshire. Hicks was  the image of a solid respectable gentleman and like many mid-nineteenth century artists he remained both eminently respectable and conventional.

I think the key word is ‘Society’. Hicks was astute and wealthy, careful to the last and he was elected to Royal Society of British Artists in 1889.
Whoever our Mrs Scantlebury was she would have mixed in wealthier circles to afford the portrait.
I estimate that she is aged around 30 – 36 which would make her born 1875 –1882.
She may be slightly older but her face is line free.

Mrs Scantlebury's portrait was painted a year after the 1911 Census when there were 16 Mrs Scantleburys aged from 30 to 36 although this could be reduce in number to single figures.

If you have an idea or suggestion of her identity then please contact me

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      — - Dr. Velma Scantlebury
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      — - Michael Scantlebury
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      — -Dr. Velma Scantlebury
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      — -Richard Scantlebury
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      —- Dr Vera Scantlebury Brown
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      —- Richard Scantlebury
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  • go to heaven and have crowns and golden harps.

    — - Dr. Vera Scantlebury Brown
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    — Dr. Vera Scantlebury Brown
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    — - Josie Scantlebury
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