Ellen Mary Rope was born in Blaxhall, Suffolk, England, on 14 March 1865. After studying under William T. Griffiths at Ipswich School of Art in Ipswich, Suffolk, in 1877 she entered the Slade School of Art, University College London, where she studied first drawing and painting under Alphonse Legros, and then, from 1880, sculpture at the British Museum. She subsequently worked as a sculptor, modeller in plaster and decorative artist. In the early 1880s she spent a period travelling abroad. Following her return, she began designing for Della Robbia Pottery in Birkenhead, and between 1886-1906 produced numerous decorative designs for the company. She also worked on a number of large-scale architectural commissions, including four 6 ft-high spandrels in plaster for the Women's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893; a 20 ft-long panel for Rotherhithe Town Hall; a panel in cement, entitled 'Adoration by Children', for the Franco-British Exhibition in London in 1908; and bas-reliefs for the Women's University Settlement in Nelson Square in Southwark, London, and for Morley Town Hall in Leeds.

Text source: Arts + Architecture Profiles from Art History Research net (AHRnet) https://www.arthistoryresearch.net/

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