Sir Ambrose cared for Elizabeth when she was a child; the novel never mentions her father. He was a portrait painter of some repute and owned a large house on Guernsey. He brought Elizabeth and her mother, who was a servant, to the island with him in the summers. He later sent Elizabeth to the Slade School of Art and at the start of the war, he asked Elizabeth to close up his house on Guernsey. He dies in a bombing raid in London and leaves his estate to Elizabeth.
Sir Ambrose Ivers Character Timeline in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The timeline below shows where the character Sir Ambrose Ivers appears in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part One, 1st March, 1946
...Society for the Times, as Elizabeth isn't even an Islander: she's a "jumped-up servant" of Sir Ambrose Ivers, a London portrait painter. Sir Ambrose let Elizabeth play in his studio and sent... (full context)
Part One, 26th April, 1946
...father is dead, but they still hope that Elizabeth will return. They've recently learned that Sir Ambrose Ivers died in London. Elizabeth inherited his estate, so solicitors are looking for her. Mr.... (full context)
Part Two, 27th May, 1946
Part Two, 23rd June, 1946
...almost like glass, and her eyes are haunted. She wanted to know about Kit and Sir Ambrose . Amelia could barely speak; Dawsey answered most of Remy's questions. Remy is alone now.... (full context)
Part Two, 29th August, 1946
...Sophie and Dominic will act as character references, and shares Mr. Dilwyn's plan to restore Lord Ambrose 's house and market it as a holiday rental. This would give Kit some income. (full context)
Part Two, Detection Notes of Miss Isola Pribby