Mary Dawson Elwell

Mary Dawson Elwell, Britiah painter active late 19th early 20th century
Mary Dawson Elwell (previous married name Mary Dawson Holmes, born Mary Dawson Bishop) was a British painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

She was married to painter Frederick William Elwell, and her work is sometimes overshadowed by his. Contemporary searches bring up little biographical information on her. The best source I’ve been able to find is this nicely succinct account on My Daily Art Display.

I particularly enjoy Mary Dawson Elwell’s serene, contemplative interiors, filled with subtle light shining on polished wooden surfaces, gilded picture frames and pottery.

4 Replies to “Mary Dawson Elwell”

  1. I love vintage, regarding the interiors.
    The first two images of Mary’s painting are entitled ‘The Landing (the floor area at the top of a flight of stairs or between two flights of stairs) in Summer’.

    As Tony Visconti, the Producer of David Bowie says:
    “It is easily overlooked that what is now called vintage was once brand new.”

    1. Thanks, Ælle. Yes, it’s a good point that should be made more often. We think of the carriages and long skirts in 19th century paintings as historic and quaint, but they were painting everyday life.

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