Anne Paterson Wallace (1923-2018)

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HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust and the Anderson (Local Collection) Trust record with regret the death of a descendant of the well-known Paterson family.

A Suffolk resident since her marriage in the 1950s, Anne Paterson Wallace, niece of the artist Viola Paterson, passed away peacefully on Sunday September 16 after a brave battle with ill health. She was predeceased by her husband Alan.

Grand-daughter of the artist James Paterson, she was born in 1923 in Montrose and studied at Perth Academy. During the World War Two she served in the WRNS in Special Branch.

She was awarded a grant to study at Chelsea School of Art in 1946-49, where her teachers included Ceri Richards and Robert Medley, and she had a number of solo exhibitions in East Anglia.

In 1977 she organised an exhibition of the 'Family Paterson of Painters' held at Belgrave Gallery, London, and at the Fine Art Society in Edinburgh.

Anderson Trustee Mary-Jane Selwood said: "I met her on one of her visits from her home in Suffolk to the Long Croft in Helensburgh, with which she was closely involved through her aunt, Viola — daughter of Alexander Nisbet Paterson and his wife Maggie Hamilton.

"She was passionate about researching and preserving the Paterson family records, was a great help to the Karlsens when they bought the Long Croft, and the Anderson Trust is indebted to her for the excellent collection of Paterson family photographs.

"She was responsible for setting up the Paterson Museum in Moniaive which was dismantled ten years ago, and much of the contents is now in the care of Glasgow University."

The funeral is at 9.45am on Friday September 28 at Seven Hills Crematorium, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich IP 10, near Nacton.

The family request no flowers, but donations to Butley Church should be made out to Butley PCC and sent to E.B.Button & Sons Ltd, 24 St John’s Street, Woodbridge IP12 1EB.