The daughter of Henry & Elizabeth Philp, born in Falmouth. She is recorded as living at Penwerris Row, Budock in 1841 with her widowed mother and three brothers.
Listed in the 1851 Census for Falmouth as a 19 year old unmarried Teacher Of Drawing, born in Falmouth and living at 14 Erisey Terrace with her mother, Elizabeth, and brother, Norman GARSTIN, an artist painter.
By 1861 she was still living with her mother and brother J G PHILP but at Harriet Place, Budock. She was at that time listed as an artist in watercolours. In 1871 she was still resident with her brother,but now also his family, and her mother at Woodlane Crescent, Falmouth. She is still listed as an artist in watercolour.
She does not appear to have exhibited and after 1871 there does not appear to be any further record of her, neither of marriage nor death.
A recent correspondent (2015) records a watercolour painting of the River Dolgelly by this artist, and the address on the back is 3 Woodlane Crescent, Falmouth with a price of £10.10s.
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