SUSAN ISABEL DACRE (1844-1933)

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Portrait of Susan Isabel Dacre by Annie Louisa Swynnerton (Manchester Art Gallery)

From the time they met at art school, Annie and Susan were close friends, travelling, studying and creating art works together in Britain and on the continent.

It is noticeable generally that earlier in their careers Susan’s works were sometimes commented on more than Annie’s, such as in The Englishwoman’s Review, 1882, where several of her paintings are mentioned by name while Annie has only a passing reference.

Like Annie, Susan’s works were not collected by major galleries and only thirty are known today by image, twenty-two in public galleries, the rest from auction or retailer web sites. She was a gifted landscape and portrait artist, but never (as far as is known) became a ‘symbolist’ like Annie.

Below is a list of all the works for which images can be found. For listing by dates and locations, see bottom of page.


FIGURATIVE WORKS

NON-FIGURATIVE WORKS


Sizes given are the horizontal and vertical dimensions in that order, unframed. Note that sizes given in auction catalogues or on retailer web sites are often imprecise.

Locations: ‘private collection’ = in the possession of a private individual, institution or vendor; ‘unknown’ = in a private, institutional or vendor collection, irretrievably lost or destroyed by neglect or deliberate destruction.


LISTED BY LOCATION


LISTED BY DATE


 

WORKS IN EXHIBITIONS, 1975 to 1929.

Full details are in the exhibitions database page.

  •  1875.
    • Yorkshire Exhibition of Arts and Manufactures.
      • AN ITALIAN GIRL.
    • The Liverpool Autumn Exhibition of Pictures.
      • A GOOD SUBJECT FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD.
  • 1876.
    • Royal Academy, 108th exhibition.
      • LA BALLERINA.
  • 1877.
    • Royal Academy, 109th exhibition.
      • GIOVANNINA.
  •  1878.
    • Royal Manchester Institution.
      • ‘A portrait.’
  • 1880.
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
      • MARIETTA.
    • Royal Manchester Institution.
      • PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY. 
  • 1881.
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
      • THE FACTORY GIRL’S TRYST. Annie’s address given as 77 Park Street, Greenheys, Manchester.
  • 1882.
    • Manchester Society of Women Painters – Second Exhibition.
      • THE BORGHESE GARDENS.
      • COURTYARD, ROME.
      • THE FOUNTAIN.
      • IL FRATRE.
      • FLORENTINE MOTHER AND CHILD.
      • ‘some excellent portraits.’
  • 1883.
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

      • SUSAN.
  • 1884.
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
  • 1885.
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
      • PASSION FLOWER.
  • 1888.
    • Manchester Society of Women Painters – Fifth Exhibition.
  • 1889.
    • New Gallery.
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
      • “A MAIDEN NEVER BOLD OF SPIRIT, SO STILL AN QUIET.”
  • 1893.
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
      • THE MOTHER.
  • 1894.
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
      • SCHOOL-TIME.
  • 1906.
    • New English Art Club – Thirty-Seventh Exhibition of Modern Pictures.
      • IN THE HEART OF THE APPENINES.
      • THE QUIET HOUR.
  • 1907.
    • New English Art Club – Thirty-eighth Exhibition of Modern Pictures.
      • SPANISH MOUNTAINS.
      • PORTRAIT.
    • New English Art Club – Thirty-ninth Exhibition of Modern Pictures.
      • IN THE HERCINAN MOUNTAINS.
  • 1908.
    • New English Art Club – Fortieth Exhibition of Modern Pictures.
      • IN A GARDEN.
  • 1910.
    • New English Art Club – Forty-fourth Exhibition of Modern Pictures.
      • ITALIAN LANDSCAPE.
      • THE MISTY OCHILLS.
  • 1911.
    • New English Art Club – Forty-sixth Exhibition of Modern Pictures.
      • PIAZZA VITTORIO EMANUELE, PERUGIA.
      • ITALIAN LANDSCAPE.
  • 1912.
    • Walker’s Gallery – Little Pictures of Italy.
      • ‘City scenes and hill-landscapes.’
    • New English Art Club – Forth-seventh Exhibition of Modern Pictures.
    • New English Art Club – Forty-eighth Exhibition of Modern Pictures.
      • FROM A BALCONY AT PERUGIA.
  • 1914.
    • New English Art Club – Fifty-second Exhibition of Modern Paintings.
      • SPOLETO FROM THE CAPPUCINI.
      • SUNSET AT SPOLETO.
  •  1927.
  • 1929.
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
      • SUNSET AT RONDA.

 


Susan had a solo exhibition at Walker’s Gallary, Bond Street, London, in 1912:

… at Walker’s Gallery the charming works of an artist less well known in London, the “Little Pictures of Italy” of Miss Isabel Dacre. We can call to mind few modern painters who can render the different phases of Italian colour with greater accuracy than this lady, who evidently lived in the country and learned to love it in all its moods and tenses. Perugia, Assisi, and Siena seem to be her favourite places, and her pictures of the hill-landscapes around those cities are singularly faithful.

The Times, 12 March 1912, p11.