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Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale

Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale
Mary Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale was an Edwardian period English 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. She worked 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 responses to “Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale”

  1. One of my favourites for her colour and sense of style.

  2. Those are stunning. I haven’t heard of her before. I love that Merlin!

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    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.

    1. Thanks for the personal view, Jane. I’m glad to hear about the exhibition.