Women at the Royal Academy / Rhoda Holmes Nicholls / and …

I HAVE BEEN exmining catalogue entries for the Royal Academy summer exhibitions, 1880-1883, the period when the Manchester Society of Women Painters was created, up to Annie's move to Rome. Specifically, works by women artists. The full list is HERE. The main observations are: The preponderance of male artists, comprising 88% of the works exhibited, …

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Oleander exhibited 1883 / Unwinding the Skein is not Parcæ / Danæ (Danaë)

Discovered a reference stating Oleander was one of the works exhibited at the Manchester Society of Women Painters exhibition of 1883 (The Guardian, 22 Nov 1883), and declared to be a fine work except for resemblance to the work of Lawrence Alma-Tadema, although the writer doesn't explain why he considers this a negative point. This …

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‘New-risen Hope’ exhibited one year earlier than nominal date.

Both versions of New-risen Hope, the Tate (UK) and the Melbourne (Australia) versions, are dated by Annie '1904.' However, The Magazine of Art mentions that "New Risen Hope" was on display at the New Gallery in 1903. New-risen Hope (Tate) and New-risen Hope (Melbourne) painted dates. A trivial point, perhaps, but it does illustrate how …

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There are two verions of Dacre’s ‘Portrait of Thomas Baker.’

I've just realised there are two versions of Isabel Dacre's Portrait of Alderman Thomas Baker. A simpler version with his head and upper body in front of a book case, gifted by Henry Boddington to Manchester Art Gallery in 1911, and a more finished version of him holding a book, which hangs in Manchester Town …

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More on Lady Mercy Marter, née Greville / Annie I. L. M. Swynnerton painting location

THANKS AGAIN to Michael S., god-son of Lady Mercy Marter (1904-1968), for sharing the following stories about Mercy and her mother, "Daisy" Greville, Countess of Warwick. 'Daisy' and Lady Mercy Greville, 1910. Photo: NPG. Quite some time after she had decided that her child-bearing days were over, Daisy [Countess of Warwick] was informed during a …

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