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Women Artists in Victorian Britain £4

Gail-Nina Anderson Lecture Series - Women Artists 3/3

Throughout the 19th century the Royal Academy failed to elect a single woman to full membership, but this did not stop them making their presence felt in the professional world of art production, exhibition and training. More than just genteel accomplishments (Queen Victoria’s daughter Louise was an accomplished sculptor), artistic skills became increasingly available via classes and colleges, allowing female artists to became emancipated from limiting stereotypes. The Pre-Raphaelite circle included the idiosyncratic Symbolist Evelyn de Morgan, Elizabeth Forbes absorbed the influence of French Realism and Lady Butler established herself as the finest military painter of the period.

 

Elizabeth Forbes, The Zandvoort Fishergirl

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