Elizabeth Josephine Williams

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Elizabeth Josephine Williams

Also Known As: "Lily"
Birthplace: Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland
Death: January 16, 1940 (65)
11 Lower Beechwood Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland
Place of Burial: Dublin, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Henry Wilkinson Williams and Margaret Jane Williams
Sister of Charles Moppett Wilkinson Williams; Norah Alicia Williams; George Duniam Williams; Henry Wilkinson Williams; John Halsted Williams and 5 others

Occupation: Artist
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About Elizabeth Josephine Williams

(Biog from http://www.whytes.ie)Lily Williams was a well-known portrait painter and Sinn Fein supporter. Born in Dublin and christened Elizabeth Josephine Williams, she studied at the RHA Painting Schools and privately with May Manning. From 1904-39 she was an annual exhibitor at the RHA; she also showed frequently with the Dublin Sketching Club and at the Oireachtas art exhibitions. She was a staunch supporter of Arthur Griffith and designed the first Sinn Fein postage stamp in order to help finance his paper. Her portraits of Dr Kathleen Lynn hang both in Liberty Hall and the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin, whilst other works hang in Áras an Uachtaráin, the Abbey Theatre, the Hugh Lane Gallery, and UCD. (See Snoddy, pp. 713-4).

One of the works in the Hugh Lane Gallery is a portrait of Arthur Griffith. Brian Maye's biography 'Arthur Griffith' includes extracts from three letters by Arthur Griffith to "his friend Lily Williams".

See also http://www.nival.ie/collections/artists-database/view/artist/name/williams-lily/

Helped to facilitate art exhibitions held by Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise in the 1910s and attended a reception held by the Cumann for Eamon de Valera in November 1921 - Valerie Jones, 'Rebel Prods' (Dublin: Ashfield P., 2016), pp. 67, 70. Remained active in Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise and was one of its Vice-Presidents in 1935 - Risteárd Giltrap, 'The Irish Language in the Church of Ireland' (2nd ed., Baile Átha Cliath: Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta, 2019).

"Jack, Lily (artist), Flo, & Nora lived in 11 Lr Beechwood Ave with Republican sympathies" - Bill Goodwillie.

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Elizabeth Josephine Williams's Timeline

October 20, 1874
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
January 16, 1940
Age 65
Dublin, Ireland
January 18, 1940
Age 65
Dublin, Ireland