Hibbitt & Barnes Family History


Sarah (Cissie) BARNES - (1910 - 1979)

Sarah BARNES was born in Newlyn, Cornwall, on 26th October 1910. She was the daughter of Thomas BARNES and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth (nee WRIGHT). Sarah later became known as Cissie BARNES.

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Cissie Barnes
Cissie Barnes

Presumably because of her mother's untimely death 2 days after she was born, Cissie was living with her maternal aunt and uncle in Camborne, Cornwall, in 1911 when she was just 5 months old...

Name: Sarah Barnes 
Age in 1911: 5 months
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1910 
Relation to Head: Niece 
Gender: Female 
Birth Place: Newlyn West, Cornwall 
Civil parish: Camborne 
County/Island: Cornwall 
Country: England 
Street Address: Pengegon, Camborne, Cwll 
Number of Rooms: 4
Registration district: Redruth 
Registration District Number: 299 
Sub-registration district: Camborne 
ED, institution, or vessel: 14 
Household schedule number: 202 
Piece: 14013 

Household Members: Name Age 
David John Edyvean 36 
Rose Ellen Edyvean 34 
Ellen May Edyvean 12 
Violet Sybil Edyvean 8 
Samuel J Reginald Edyvean 6 
Sarah Barnes 5 months

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Cissie posed for a number of paintings by Newlyn School artist, Dod Procter, and the picture which received almost unanimous praise from the art critics was 'Morning'.

Cissie was 16 years old when she modelled for the picture which was voted Picture of the Year at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of 1927 and bought for the nation by the Daily Mail newspaper for the Tate Gallery. The popularity of the painting led to it being displayed in New York, followed by a tour of Britain from 1927 to 1929.

The painting hangs in the Tate Modern in London and, according to the Tate's website, Cissie posed for the artist almost every day for five weeks.

'Morning' by Dod Procter
'Morning' by Dod Procter

Artwork details
Artist: Dod Procter (1892-1972)
Title: Morning
Date: 1926 
Medium: Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions: Support: 762 x 1524 mm, Frame: 1072 x 1832 x 73 mm
Collection: Tate 
Acquisition: Presented by the Daily Mail 1927
Reference: N04270
On display at Tate Modern 
Theme: Level 2: Poetry and Dream
Room: Realisms (Room 10)

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It is a comfort to know that, whilst she was with relatives as a baby, Cissie was at some stage re-established in the bosom of her family. A newspaper cutting (unknown source) shows Cissie photographed in one of her father's fishing smacks, circa 1927. The complete photograph can be seen here in the Barnes Picture Gallery.

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In 1929, Cissie was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her brother, Thomas BARNES.

Almost 2 years later, in September 1931, Cissie married Francis Edmund GARDNER, who had been the best man at Thomas' wedding. The Cornishman newspaper recorded Cissie and Frank's wedding...

PRETTY WEDDING AT NEWLYN

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BARNES - GARDNER

A very pretty wedding was solemnised at St. Peter's Church, Newlyn, on Saturday, between Miss Cissie Barnes, youngest daughter of Mr. T. Barnes, fish merchant, of Newlyn, and Mr. Frank Gardner, eldest son of Mrs. Frank Gardner, of Wolverhampton.

The bride, who wore a blue georgette dress, trimmed with lace, hat and shoes to match, was given away by her brother, Mr. T. Barnes. The duties of best man were carried out by Mr. Bert Lewis, friend of the bridegroom.

After the ceremony a reception was held in the bride's home. The guests included Mrs. Gardner, Mrs. and Miss Andrewartha, Mr Stephen and Edward Downing, Miss H. Downing, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, Mr. Gerald Tate, Mrs. Gwen Pollard, Mrs Barnes, Mrs. B. S. Cotton, Miss J. Harvey, and Mr. T. Hodder.

The happy couple were the recipients of numerous and costly presents. After the ceremony they left for London, which is to be their future home.

...It seems the newspaper misprinted Frank GARDNER'S details - he was not the eldest son and his father was not called Frank. However, he did originate from Wolverhampton.

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Not much is known of Cissie and Frank's married life. However, in 1965, after her husband died, Cissie was responsible for administering his estate, which amounted to £2190. The couple's home address at the time was 37 Greenacres, Billacombe, Plymouth, Devon.

Cissie died in Plymouth in 1979 at the age of 68.

 

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