Hope Toulmin Douglas

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Hope Toulmin Douglas, née Smith, was born in London 1883 was a portrait, miniature and animal painter. Her parents were the solicitor Alfred Toulmin Smith and the writer L.T. Meade, who wrote quite well-known books in her time, especially for older girls.

She studied at the Calderon School of Animal Painting, the Frank Brangwyn Life School and with privately with Alyn Williams.

In 1909 she married Stuart Monro Douglas, a descendant of the Douglas family of Fingland, and later lived in Cornwall, Leicester and in Devon.  They had four children:
1. Elizabeth Douglas, b. 26 Apr 1910
2. Hope Helen Douglas, b. 23 Jul 1911
3. Rachel Douglas, b. 23 Jul 1911
4. Penelope Douglas, b. 15 Jan 1920.

Douglas was a member of the RMS and exhibited at the RA, RBSA and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Research notes:
•  Hope is a possible descendant of Joshua Toulmin Smith (1816–1869) by his wife Martha, daughter of William Jones Kendall, who had a family of two sons and three daughters.
In 1852, Josua incorporated "Toulmin" into his surname, in reference to his great-grandfather Joshua Toulmin.
•  Stuart Monro Douglas, born 1879, was the sixth son of the British oriental scholar, Sir Robert Kennaway Douglas (23 August 1838 – 20 May 1913). He was at some point a 2/Lieutenant in The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). [1914-1922].
He played cricket for Dulwich College.

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