Sunday, June 6, 2010

Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale

Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale
Mary Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale was an Edwardian period English artist who achieved some success as and illustrator, gallery artist and stained glass designer.

She studied at the Crystal Palace School of Art and then at Royal Academy, and was elected to the Royal Watercolour Society.

She illustrated children’s books, Authurian ledgends and poetry by well known authors including Tennyson and Browning, initially in pen and ink and later in color.

Her gallery paintings were in the spirit of the Pre-Raphaelites, rich with jewel-like color, literary themes and the luxurious detail characteristic of the style.

At a time when women artists were restricted in their access to art instruction and often compartmentalized as lesser than their male counterparts, Fortescue-Brickdale earned the respect of both the fine art and illustration establishments with her outstanding work.

[Via Victorian / Edwardian Paintings]

4 thoughts on “Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale

  1. Jane Day

    Just been to the exhibition at the Watts gallery near Guildford.
    I had never heard of Elianor Fortescue Brickdale but was blown away by her paintings.
    The detail on such small paintings and bright colours are amazing.

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