Annie Laura Vernon Gee (nee Herford)
DEATH OF ARTIST
Mrs Annie Gee, Burnside
Painting in Art Gallery
An artistic career was ended last night by the death of Mrs Annie Laura Vernon Gee (aged 70 years) at her home, 219 Greenhill road, Burnside. One of her many paintings is in Adelaide Art Gallery [AGSA]. Mrs Gee, whose widower is Mr LCE Gee, a retired special magistrate, was a daughter of the late Major Walter Vernon Herford. Mrs E Allingham, a celebrated English artist, was her first cousin. A native of Norwood, Mrs Gee revealed talent in her early youth. This was brought into full play when she studied under Mr H Gill in the Adelaide School of Design. She continued to paint after her marriage 50 years ago. In 1904 her “Princess Alexandra Parrakeets” was placed in the Art Gallery. Her husband had previously brought the subjects of the study from the interior. Mrs Gee specialised in works of bird life, her laughing jackasses being particularly fine. She painted until about five years ago, when her health began to fail. Mrs Gee lived in the eastern suburbs all her life. She has left a daughter, Mrs D Melland, of Manchester, England. The remains will be buried tomorrow afternoon in West Terrace Cemetery, Rev. John Warren, of Burnside, will officiate. The funeral will leave her late home at 2 o’clock.
Gee’s watercolour portrait of Catherine Helen Spence is in the AGSA Collection, acc. no. 861P1