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British Women Painters:

1893 Chicago World's Fair & Exposition

Compiled by K. L. Nichols


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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

Helen (Elizabeth Paterson) Allingham (1848 - 1926)

Self-Portrait--representative work

Milking at Valewood Farm--
representative work


Lessons--representative work


representative work

Under the Old Malthouse, Hambledom, Surrey--
representative work

The Harvest Moon--representative work

On the Sand, Eastbourne--
representative work

Old Sussex College (image unavailable)--
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

Anna Alma-Tadema (1865 - 1943)

Autoportrait 1883--may have been exhibited
in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.

At the Window 1908--representative work

The Drawing Room, Townshend House1885--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition

Eton College Chapel--representative work


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.

Short Biography--scroll down the page.

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

Sunshine--representative work.


The Wool Winders--representative work


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


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


Always Welcome 1887--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.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema--more information about his wife Laura Alma Tadema.
Queen Katherine of France--exhibited in 1888.

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

Roll Call, the Grenedier Guards after Inkerman, 5th November, 1854  1874--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.
Large b&w image
here--scroll down page.

Scotland Forever (detail image here)
 c. 1904-- one of her most famous works.

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

Mildred Anne Butler (1845 - 1909)1858 -1941

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

A Murder of Crows--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.

Louisa Starr Canziani (1845 - 1909)

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

A Young Lady--
representative work

representative work

Sintram and his Mother--representative work

Two Little 'Home Rulers' (image unavailable)--
exhibited in Fine Art Palace, 1893 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 1872

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

Self-portrait 1889--representative work

Spannier Market Barnstable--representative work


Spanish Market--representative work


A Sunny Street--representative work

Children Playing with Hoops in a Street,
--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 flouished 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.

Ellen Gertrude Cohen ( 1846 - ?? )

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.

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

Cockatoos at Ockham--
representative work


Lonon Garden--
representative work

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.

Distant View of the Carrera Mountains
2 images

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

English Rose--representative work

Daydreams--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 Art 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.

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

Autumn Splendor--representative work

Roses and Jasmine--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. 

Corona Amaryllidacea

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Posted: 6-25-02; Updated: 01-06-13