MANCHESTER SOCIETY OF WOMEN PAINTERS

The Manchester Society of Women Painters* was founded at the beginning of October 1879, with Isabel as President, Annie as Secretary and Annie’s sister, Emily, as Treasurer. Three exhibitions were held, taking place in the years 1880, 1882 and 1883, by which time Annie had moved to Rome.

The early 1880s was a key period in European art. The Impressionists had been exhibiting in Paris from the mid-1870s, but by 1880 were staring to drift apart, some separating from the movement altogether to tread their own paths. They were followed in turn by the even more diverse ‘post-Impressionists’ of the late 1880s, paving the way for a multitude of experimental styles, schools and movements, and ultimately the vast array of representational and ‘abstract’ art today.

Annie never obviously chose to follow any of these developing styles, always retaining her classical training preferences with it’s emphasis on realism, form and finely applied brush work. All the same, influences of other styles of art can be clearly seen, from those of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and French Realists of the late 1840s to Impressionist and post-Impressionist practices, emphasising light, colour, and looseness of brush work.


THE MANCHESTER SOCIETY OF WOMEN PAINTERS (active 1880-1883).

Officers:

  • President: Susan Isabel DACRE (1880, 1882, 1883)
  • Secretary: Annie Louisa ROBINSON (1880, 1882, 1883)
  • Treasurer: Emily ROBINSON (1880)

Members, Associates and exhibitors:

  • ATKINSON, Jane (1880, 1882, 1883)
  • BERESFORD, Emily (1882)
  • BUTTERWORTH, N. (1883)
  • CRABTREE, Miss (1883)
  • EDGAR, Miss (1883)
  • KINGSLEY, Jessie Marion (1883)
  • MAGAN, Miss (1883)
  • MONKHOUSE, Mary Florence (1880, 1883)
  • MORGAN, Miss (1883)
  • PETRIE, Emeline (1880)
  • PITCAIRN, Miss (1883)
  • POLLITT, Jessie (1883)
  • POLLITT, Julia (1880, 1882)
  • SCOTT, Isabel C. (1882)
  • SUGARS, Fanny (1880)
  • THOMAS, F. (1883)
  • THOMPSON, E. Gertrude (1880, 1883)
  • WOOD, Eleanor S. (1880, 1882, 1883)
  • WROE, M. A. (1883)
  • WROE, M. McNicol (1883)

ASSOCIATED ARTISTS.

  • SWYNNERTON, Joseph
  • DODD, Francis

ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION.

Women exhibitors at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1880-1883. The only Manchester-based individuals who were ever exhibited were Isabel and Annie.

  • ALMA-TADEMA, Laura – 1880 – LONDON.
  • ANDERSON, Mrs. Sophie – 1880 – CAPRI, ITALY.
  • BACKHOUSE, Miss Mary – 1880 – LONDON.
  • BAKER, Miss Alice E. J. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • BALLANTYNE, Miss Edith – 1880 – LONDON.
  • BEAL, Miss Annie L. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • BELL, Miss Ada – 1880 – LONDON.
  • BISSCHOP, Miss Kate – 1880 – LONDON.
  • BLACK, Miss Emma L. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • BOWDEN, Mrs. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • BRIDGES, Miss Fidelia – 1880 – LONDON.
  • BROOKS, Miss Maria – 1880 – LONDON.
  • BULLEY, Miss Georgina E. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • BUTLER, Miss Mary E. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • BYWATER, Miss Elizabeth – 1880 – LONDON.
  • CANTON, Miss Susan R. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • CAPPER, Miss Edith – 1880 – LONDON.
  • CHAPLIN, Miss Alice M. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • CHARLTON, Miss Catherine – 1880 – LONDON.
  • CLACY, Miss Ellen – 1880 – LONDON.
  • COLLIER, Marian (Mrs. John) – 1880 – LONDON.
  • CONOLLY, Miss Ellen – 1880 – LONDON.
  • CORKRAN, Miss Henriette – 1880 – LONDON.
  • CUBITT, Charlotte (Mrs. L.) – 1880 – LONDON.
  • CUTHBERT-COOPER, Mrs. Mary – 1880 – LONDON..
  • DACRE, S. Isabel – 1880 – MANCHESTER.
  • DE L’AUBINIÈRE, Mdme Georgina M. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • DICKINSON, Mrs Lilian – 1880 – LONDON.
  • DUNCAN, Miss Fanny – 1880 – PARIS.
  • ELEY, Miss Mary – 1880 – LONDON.
  • ELMORE, Miss Edith – 1880 – LONDON.
  • FENTON, Miss Annie G. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • FOLKARD, Miss Elizabeth – 1880 – LONDON.
  • FORSTER, Miss Mary – 1880 – HOLT, WILTSHIRE.
  • GAUNTLETT, Miss Gertrude – 1880 – LONDON.
  • GOODWIN, Kate M. (Mrs. H) – 1880 – BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX.
  • GOW, Miss Mary L. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • GRANT, Miss Mary – 1880 – LONDON.
  • GREENAWAY, Miss Kate – 1880 – LONDON.
  • GREENLEES, Miss Georgina M. – 1880 – GLASGOW.
  • GRIFFITH, Miss Kate – 1880 – WINCHFIELD, HAMPSHIRE.
  • GUÉRIN, Mrs. A. Lukis – 1880 – LONDON.
  • HAGHE, Mrs. L. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • HARDING, Miss Mary – 1880 – LONDON.
  • HASTIE, Miss Grace H. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • HAVERS, Miss Alice – 1880 – LONDON.
  • HAYLLAR, Miss Mary – 1880 – WALLINGFORD, OXFORDSHIRE.
  • HEYLLAR, Miss Jessica – 1880 – WALLINGFORD, OXFORDSHIRE.
  • HOPKINS, Mrs. Edward – 1880 – LONDON.
  • JACKSON, Miss E. F. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • JENKINS, Miss Anne – 1880 – LONDON.
  • JOPLING, Miss Louise – 1880 – LONDON.
  • KNAPPING, Miss Helen – 1880 – LONDON.
  • KONDRUP, Miss Katinka – 1880 – LONDON.
  • MACARTHUR, Blanche – 1880 – LONDON.
  • MANLY, Miss Alice – 1880 – LONDON.
  • MARSHALL, Mrs. Rose – 1880 – LEEDS, YORKSHIRE.
  • MARTIN, Miss Mary – 1880 – LONDON.
  • MARTINEAU, Miss Edith – 1880 – LONDON.
  • MENZIES, Mrs. John – 1880 – HULL, YORKSHIRE.
  • MERRICK, Miss Emily M. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • MERRIT, Anna Lea – 1880 – LONDON.
  • MONTALBA, Miss Clara – 1880 – LONDON.
  • MONTALBA, Miss Henrietta S. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • MONTALBA, Miss Hilda – 1880 – LONDON.
  • MOORE, Miss Jennie – 1880 – GODALMING, SURREY.
  • MORTLOCK, Miss Ethel – 1880 – LONDON.
  • NICHOLL, Mrs. Agnes – 1880 – LONDON.
  • NICHOLSON, Lady – 1880 – TOTTERIDGE, HERTFORDSHIRE.
  • NORMAN, Mrs. Caroline H. – 1880 – DEVONPORT, DEVON.
  • NOTTIDGE-FRY, Mrs. Caroline – 1880 – LONDON.
  • OGDEN, Miss Jane – 1880 – LONDON.
  • OSBORN, Miss Emily Mary – 1880 – LONDON.
  • PARKER, Miss Sybil C. – 1880 – CLITHEROE, LANCASHIRE.
  • PARSONS, Miss Letitia M. – 1880 – FROME, SOMERSETSHIRE.
  • PASLEY, Miss L. – 1880 – SOUTHAMPTON.
  • PATMORE, Miss Bertha – 1880 – HASTINGS, EAST SUSSEX.
  • PEEL, Miss Maud – 1880 – CLITHEROE, LANCASHIRE.
  • PERUGINI, Kate (Mrs. C. E.) – 1880 – LONDON.
  • PFIEFFER, Mrs. Emily – 1880 – LONDON.
  • PILSBURY, Miss Elizabeth – 1880 – LEICESTER, LEICESTERSHIRE.
  • PITMAN, Miss Janetta R. A. – 1880 – NOTTINGHAM, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE.
  • RAE, Miss Henriette A. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • RAPPARD, Miss Clara – 1880 – LONDON.
  • REDGRAVE, Miss Evelyn – 1880 – LONDON.
  • ROBINSON, Miss Annie L. – 1880 – MANCHESTER.
  • ROBSON, Miss Henrietta – 1880 – BRIGHTON, HAMPSHIRE.
  • SADLER, Miss Kate – 1880 – HORSHAM, SUSSEX.
  • SAVILL, Miss Edith – 1880 – LONDON.
  • SCOTT, Miss Alice M. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • SMITH, Miss Annie – 1880 – LONDON.
  • SQUIRE, Miss Alice – 1880 – LONDON.
  • STANTON, Miss Rose E. – 1880 – STROUD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE.
  • STARR, Miss Louisa – 1880 – LONDON.
  • STIRLING, Miss Evangeline – 1880 – LONDON.
  • STOCKS, Miss Katherine M. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • STREET, Miss Kate – 1880 – LONDON.
  • TERRELL, Miss Georgina Koberwein – 1880 – LONDON.
  • THORNYCROFT, Miss Theresa G. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • WALKER, Miss Marcella – 1880 – LONDON.
  • WALTERS, Miss A. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • WATT, Miss Linnie – 1880 – LONDON.
  • WEBLING, Miss Ethel – 1880 – LONDON.
  • WEEKS, Miss Charlotte J. – 1880 – LONDON.
  • WESTBROOKE, Miss Elizabeth – 1880 – LONDON.
  • WHITE, Miss Alice – 1880 – LONDON.
  • WRIGHT, Marian L. – 1880 – HONFLEUR, NORMANDY, FRANCE.

* The group has sometimes been incorrectly named the Manchester Society of Female Painters, Manchester Society of Female Artists or Manchester Society of Women Artists in both historic and more recent publications, but the correct name has always been the Manchester Society of Women Painters.