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British Women Painters:

1893 Chicago World's Fair and Exposition


Compiled by K. L. Nichols



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This Page:
Helen Allingham
Anna Alma Tadema
Laura Alma-Tadema
Lady Elizabeth Butler
Mildred A. Butler
Louisa Starr Canziani
Milly Childers
Ellen Gertrude Cohen
Edith E Corbet
Jane M. Dealy
Mary E. Duffield



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Helen (Elizabeth Paterson) Allingham (1848 - 1926)


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Self-Portrait--representative work.


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On the Sand, Eastbourne--
representative work.

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Girl Seated in Blue--
representative work.


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Lessons--
representative work.

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Thomas Carlyle,
Historian and Essayist
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representative work.


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Milking at Valewood Farm--
representative work.


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Confidences--
representative work.

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The Harvest Moon--
representative work.


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Old Sussex Cottage--
exhibited in the Northeast Gallery,
Women's Building, 1893 Exposition.


The Sick Duckling (image unavailable)--exhibited
in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition


Helen Allingham lost her physician father when she was thirteen, but aided by her artist-aunt Laura Herford, she was able to enroll in the Birmingham School of Design, the Royal Female School of Art in London, and finally the prestigious Royal Academy Schools which her aunt had gender-integrated just a few years earlier.  After a lucrative commercial career (she was the only woman on the staff of The Graphic), including illustrations for Thomas Hardy's novel Far from the Madding Crowd, she married poet William Allingham and lived for eight years in Surrey, the area which inspired the many watercolors for which she is most remembered--13th-century thatched cottages and rural scenery soon to be destroyed by the intrusion of modern "progress."  In 1890, Allingham was the first woman admitted to the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolors.



Biography--provided by the Helen Allingham Society

Gallery I--many images provided by the Helen Allingham Society

Gallery II--many images provided by the Helen Allingham Society

William Allingham




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Anna Alma-Tadema (1865 - 1943)


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Portrait of a Lady--representative work.


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At the Window 1908
--representative work.

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The Drawing Room,
Townshend House
1885--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace,
1893 Exposition.


Anna Alma-Tadema was the second daughter of the highly successful painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema by his first wife who died when Anna was two years old.  Her step-mother was Laura (Theresa Epps ) Alma-Tadema, also a respected artist.  The interior shown here is from the Alma-Tadema home, Townshend House, extravagantly designed by her famous father.




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Laura (Thérèse Epps) Alma-Tadema (1852 - 1909)


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The Wool Winders--
representative work.

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Persistent Reader--
representative work.


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Nothing Venture, Nothing Have--representative work.


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Love's Beginnings 1852--
representative work.

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The Pledge--
representative work.


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Sunshine--
representative work.

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Tea Party--
representative work.


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Always Welcome 1887--exhibited in
Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.



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Battledore and Shuttlecock
c. 1890--exhibited in
Fine Arts Palace,
1893 Exposition.

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Fireside Fancies--
exhibited in
Fine Arts Palace,
1893 Exposition.


Born in London, Laura Alma-Tadema was the daughter of a well-known homeopathic doctor and, at age 17, married her Dutch art teacher Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema who was a highly successful painter. Laura exhibited at the British Royal Academy of Art and became one of two women invited to exhibit in the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1878. Many of her works on domestic subjects show the influence of 17th century Dutch painting.  Her step-daughter Anna and her husband also exhibited at the 1893 Exposition.  Laura Alma-Tadema won a medal at the 1893 Exposition.



Biography

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema--more information about his wife Laura Alma Tadema.

Queen Katherine of France




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(Elizabeth Southerden Thompson) Lady Butler (1848 - 1933)


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Scotland Forever c. 1904--representative work.


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Study of French Dragoons
in "To the Front"

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Missed--
representative work.


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Roll Call, the Grenedier Guards after Inkerman, 5th November, 1854
1874--exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.


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To the Front (French Cavalry Leaving a Breton Town on the
Declaration of War)
--exhibited in the Rotunda,
Women's Building, 1893 Exposition.



Elizabeth (Thompson) Butler was born in Switzerland of English parents and studied art at the South Kensington School of Art, in Florence with Bellucci, and in Rome.  She married a military man and became famous for her realistic military paintings which refused to glorify war.  The Crimean War painting Roll Call depicting exhausted soldiers created such a sensation that the public would wait in long lines to see it.  Queen Victoria bought it, but had engraved copies made available to the public.  The critics were amazed that a woman could paint with such "strength" on such a "non-feminine" subject.



10 Napoleonic Images

7 images

6 Crimean images




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Mildred Anne Butler (1858 -1941)



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Woman Sketching in a Glade
c. 1900--representative work.

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A Murder of Crows--
representative work.


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A Mother and child by a River, with Wild Roses--
representative work.


Leafless Winter (image unavailable)--
exhibited in the Rotunda, Women's
Building, 1893 Exposition.


Irish painter Mildred A. Butler was born in County Kilkenny, but studied landscapes, genre, and animal subjects in London with the English watercolorist Paul Jacob Naftel and at the Westminster School of Art with William Frank Calderon who specialized in animal painting.  She later opened a school of animal painting.  She became attached to the Newlyn School and shared their interest in plein-air subjects.  Butler was made a member of the Royal Academy in 1893.




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Louisa Starr Canziani (1845 - 1909)


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Kathleen and Mary Ann, Daughters of Samuel Gurney
Sheppard of Leggatts, Potter's Bar
1888--representative work.



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A Young Lady--
representative work.

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Buttercups 1893--
representative work.



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Imogen 1873--
representative work.

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Sintram and his Mother
1893--representative work.


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Two Little 'Home Rulers,' the Honorable Dudley Gladstone
Gordon and the Honorable Archie Gordon, sons of the
Earl of Aberdeen
--[photo credit: The National Trust for Scotland]
exhibited in Fine Art Palace, 1890 Exposition.



Louisa Starr Canziani began studying at age sixteen at the Royal Academy Schools. She was married to her cousin Francesco Enrico Canziani, a civil engineer in Milan, Italy who traveled regularly to see his wife who was earning her living with her art in London.  As she stated in a letter to him, "In all your plans you must not forget that I am an artist at bottom, and that you cannot change it."  Her specialty was portraiture.  Their daughter Estella was also an artist.



Brian Houghton Hodgson




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Emily [Milly] Maria Eardley Childers (1850 - 1922)


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Self-Portrait 1889--representative work.


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Spannier Market
Barnstable
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representative work.

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Spanish Market--
representative work.



A Sunny Street--
representative work.

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Children Playing with
Hoops in a Street,
Arromanches
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representative work.


The Last Survivor of Trafalgar (image unavailable)--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Little seems to be known about British artist Milly Childers who flourished in the late 1880s and 1890s, first exhibiting at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1890.  In the National Portrait Gallery is her portrait of her father, Hugh Culling Eardley Childers, whose important political connections helped her get a commission to paint A Scene on the Terrace of the House of Commons.  Her remarkable self-portrait is held by the British Leeds Museum.  After her father retired from government service, they traveled in England and France.  At some point, she seems to have been a copyist and restorer for Lord Halifax in Leeds.




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Ellen Gertrude Cohen (1846 - ?? )


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Moments of Inquietude--
representative work.


A Little Refugee from Russia (image unavailable)--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Ellen Gertrude Cohen studied at the Slade and Royal Academy schools, London, and in Paris under Constant and Laurens. She was also a magazine illustrator and writer.




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Edith (Ellenborough) (Murch) Ridley Corbet (1846 - 1920)


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Cockatoos at Ockham--
representative work.


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Cicero's Villa and the Bay of Baiae 1909--representative work.


On the Coast near Pisa (image unavailable)--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Born in Australia but moving at age fourteen with her family to England, Edith Ellenborough Corbet married the painter Arthur Murch and lived in Rome where she worked with the Italian artist Giovanni Costa who was associated with the Etruscan group of plein-air painters.  Her second husband was fellow Etruscan painter Matthew Ridley Corbet, but they lived in London where she exhibited primarily at the British Royal Academy.


Biography

Distant View of the Carrera Mountains

2 images




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Jane Mary Dealy (Lady Lewis) ( ?? - 1939)


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English Rose--
representative work.


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Daydreams--
representative work.

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Baby--
representative work.


A Fresh Breeze and Away and One Foot Up and one foot down,
That's the way to London Town
(images unavailable)--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Jane M. Dealy was born in Liverpool and studied art at the Slade School and the Royal Academy School.  She exhibited at the Royal Academy in the 1880s and '90s.  She was also a well-known children's book illustrator.  In 1887 she married Sir Walter Llewellyn Lewis.  No other information is available online.




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Mary Ann Elizabeth (Rosenberg) Duffield (1819 - 1914)


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Peonies, Roses, and HOllyhocks 1862--
representative work.


Japanese Roses (image unavailable)--exhibited
in Fine Art Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Mary Elizabeth Duffield was a British painter who specialized in watercolor botanicals.  She  married still-life artist William Duffield  in 1850 and evidently signed some of her paintings with the name M.E. Duffield. No other information is available online.



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Posted: 6-25-02; Updated: 11-20-14