Mary Eva Melly

British amateur artist, known as Eva (about 1854 - 1937), supporter of women's higher education and cousin of Emma Holt (1862–1944) who bequeathed Sudley House to the City of Liverpool

Eva Melly was the daughter of George Melly (1830 - 1894) and his wife Sarah (née Bright) (1832 - 1909). She was the cousin of Emma Georgina Holt (1862 - 1944), on her mother's side, a philanthropist and supporter of women's higher education who bequeathed Sudley House in Mossley Hill in Liverpool to the city along with its fine and decorative arts collection.

Melly was also an active supporter of women's higher education. With her cousin, she helped found a hostel for women students, University Hall, which opened in 1899 and was presented to University College, London, in 1921. Eva was also a keen amatuer artist. She submitted several works to the Walker's Autumn Exhibition series during her lifetime and several were selected for inclusion.

Eva died in 1937 but her brother continued to live in the home they shared at Chatham Street, Liverpool, until his death in 1944. There is a portrait of Eva Melly in the Victoria Gallery and Museum collection, Liverpool University.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Previous owner
  • Nationality
  • Born
    1854 about
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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