Norah Royds (1859-1923) married George James Gribble (of London) on July 27, 1881. Seven years later, when she was about twenty-nine, Sargent painted her. They would have six children:
ii. Norah le Grand
v. Philip le Grand 1891-
vi. Julian Royds, VC 1897-19
From: Nigel Watts
. . . my mother's grandmother's first cousin was painted by Sargent in 1888 and have found the image on your site. What a wonderful resource!
Her name was Norah Royds [which Natasha has since added] (Mrs George Gribble) and there are some biographical details about her on my family history site: [look under "Brereton branch" and then "Norah Gribble" or look here]. [In the future, there might be] a book on the Royds family which I am hoping to write.
Much of my uncle's
the Gribbles came from Norah's son Philip Gribble's autobiography "Off
the Cuff". I have a copy somewhere at home which I will see if I
can dig out. I have to confess that I have not
Tue, 8 Jul 2003
Unfortunately most of my books are currently stacked in boxes in my attic while the house is being restored. I'm sure it's there somewhere and when I find it I will certainly let you know. Copies do occasionally turn up on the second hand market and are not expensive (eg via www.bookfinder.com).
I think I have now located the portrait. I believe it is in the Art Museum of West Virginia at a town called Roanoke. I e-mailed the curator a few weeks ago but have not yet received a reply. I have just sent another e-mail to their Director of External Affairs.
PS in my search for Royds
[Norah's side of the family] I have even managed to acquire one
A first cousin of Norah's and of my great-grandmother was Mabel
Royds who was married to Ernest Lumsden. Both were art teachers
artists in their own right; Mabel produced woodblock prints in the
manner and Ernest was a very proficient etcher. His book on the
of etching is still in print many years after his death. I found
a small ink wash sketch of Mabel by Ernest for sale on the net which I
bought and has recently been delivered.