Janet Ledger SWA
Janet Ledger was born in Northampton and educated at Northampton School for Girls. She studied art at Northampton School of Art where she was taught by Tom Wrigley and Henry Bird, her mother’s cousin. She lived in Buckinghamshire with a studio in London before moving to Northumberland where she now lives.
Her misty industrial landscapes and paintings of people have a marvellous feeling for atmosphere and colour combined with a strong sense of observation of life. The humour and pathos she evokes adds a dimension which allows the onlooker a momentary smile.
Often compared with Beryl Cook and L S Lowry, Janet’s studies are obviously in that genre, although her work has an additional quality all of its own. Nothing escapes her notice, whether it is people on holiday or at work, children at play or at school, or the more quirksome pieces of landscape around us. The washing on the line, a city skyline at night; or the corner shops and backstreets populated by buses, dogs, lamp posts, the occasional drunk or the shoppers with prams.
Her reputation and painting have taken her to America where she has held several highly successful exhibitions. Her paintings have been reproduced many times both as cards and limited edition prints.
Her work can be seen in galleries in London and her standing as one of the most highly talented female artists in Britain today is increasing all the time. She was made an honorary citizen of Dallas in 1985 after a successful exhibition “Best of Britain”.
Her works are in numerous private collections including that of HRH Princess Margaret and in permanent collections of the National Coal Board, Marks & Spencer, McDonalds, the Mayor of Dallas Texas and the Tate Gallery.
She was elected a member of Society of Women Artists in Oct 1986 and her work has featured in the Sunday Times Colour Magazine. In 1997 she took part in an exhibition in Israel “Israel 50 years” along with 9 other major artists. Janet is regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy Annual exhibition and many other London galleries.
(exh 1908 – 1914)
Eleanor Hunter was a landscape artist in watercolour. She lived in Padstow in Cornwall and exhibited at the Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham; Walker Gallery , Liverpool and the Royal Scottish Academy.
Moira Gay Huntly ATC PS RI RSMA RWA
(1932 – )
Moira Huntly is an artist in acrylic, oil, pastel and watercolour. She is the President of the Pastel Society. Moira was born in Motherwell on 7th November 1932, was educated at Wirral County School for Girls, Harrow Weald County School, studied art at Harrow School of Art from 1948 to 1953 and Hornsey College of Art from 1953 to 1954. She exhibited at Young Contemporaries, Royal Society of Oil Painters, New English Art Club, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Pastel Society, Royal West of England Academy and the Royal Society of Marine Artists as well as in France and the USA . She married Ian Buchanan Huntly and her work is in many permanent collections and she has published many books.
Dame Laura Knight RA
(1877 - 1970)
Dame Laura Knight was born at Long Eaton, Nottingham and studied art under Wilson Foster at Nottingham School of Art, where she meet her husband, the painter Harold Knight. They painted in Staithes, near Whitby where there was small colony of artists. Between 1908 and 1918 she lived and worked in Cornwall. She first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1903 and at the Leicester Gallery, London in 1906. The Tate, Imperial War Museum and British Museum hold her work. She was elected RA in 1936 having been made a Dame in 1929. She was especially fond of drawing scenes from the circus, ballet and music hall, racing and gypsy life. Her autobiography "Oil Paint and Grease Paint" was published in 1936 and a retrospective of her work was held in 1969 at the Upper Grosvenor Galleries.
Elsie Hugo Thomas
Exh 1913 – 1940
Elsie Hugo Thomas was born in Halifax in Yorkshire, studied at the Slade School, in Paris and with Bertram Priestman. She married Tom Trythall Rowe NEA NottsSA, an artist who was born in Rotherham. Elise Hugo Rowe painted landscapes, still life, figure and interiors. She exhibited throughout the UK including the Royal Academy, Society of Women Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Oil and the New English Art Club. She lived in Spring Gardens, Charing Cross, London; Datchet, Bucks; and Birmingham. Her husband lived in Nottingham and was a member of the Nottingham Art Society which is where he died.
Elsie Hugo Rowe
(1890 – 1983)
Elsie Hugo Rowe was born in Halifax in Yorkshire in 1890 to Stephen Rowe, a solicitor and Catherine (nee Hugo). Elsie studied at the Slade School, in Paris and with Bertram Priestman. She married Howard Gordon Rhys Thomas a Captain in the Artists Rifles Chinese Labour Corp at Saint Mary’s in Barnes on the 27th September 1918. Elise Hugo Rowe painted landscapes, still life, figure and interiors. She exhibited throughout the UK including the Royal Academy, Society of Women Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Oil and the New English Art Club. She lived in Spring Gardens, Charing Cross, London; Datchet, Bucks; and Birmingham. Although she was born in Halifax the family were a West Country Cornish family who came from the Camborne Redruth Area. The picture probably predates her marriage.
Maria Louisa Angus
(1863 - 1934)
Maria Angus painted genre subjects and some landscapes. She studied at the Lambeth School of Art in 1886 and established a studio at 1a Cowley Street in Westminster, later she worked out of Powers Studio in Ruskin House, Rochester Row. She exhibited 10 pictures at the Royal Academy between 1888 and 1893 as well as many London Galleries and Societies. In 1913 she exhibited in the Anglo German Exhibition. Later in her life she taught art in Brighton.
She was born in Southwark on 29th July 1863, the daughter of a printer and remained a spinster all her life. She died in Brighton on 11th February 1934.