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Drawing on paper. Signed and dated 1932
29 x 23 cm (approx. 9.1 x 11.4 inches)
British Figurative,Realist who embraced English impressionism
Born on 4 August 1877 – 7 July 1970) she was an English artist who worked in oils, watercolours, etching, engraving and drypoint. She was a painter in the figurative, realist tradition who embraced English impressionism. During her long career, she was among the most successful and popular painters in Britain. In 1929 she was created a Dame and in 1936 became the first woman elected to the Royal Academy since its foundation in 1768. Her large retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy, in 1965, was another first for a woman. Although she was known for painting amidst the world of the theatre and ballet in London, and for being a war artist during the2nd World War, she was also greatly interested in, and inspired by communities and individuals including Gypsies and circus performers. Her success in the male-dominated British art establishment paved the way for greater status and recognition for women artists.