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Prolific artist whose life in parts remains a mystery. Her father was in the Army, so her childhood was unsettled, and she was educated by a governess. She attended Royal Academy Schools, 1933–8, winning the Landseer Prize and a Silver Medal for a painting of two figures from life. After teaching art for a time Fitzwilliams went into a convent, but near to taking her final vows she became ill and left. She then taught at Llandysul County School, for girls, near Newcastle Emlyn, Cardiganshire, location of her family home Cilgwyn. Joyce was to live in its dower house for a time with her mother. Eventually she went to America and taught art at the Annie Wright Seminary, Tacoma, Washington state, run by a cousin. She was there, 1960–8, was known as Miss Joyce and in 1967 gained her master’s degree from the University of Puget Sound.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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