Ursula Wood (1868 - 1925)
The sitting room; the hallway,
One signed and dated 1897,
Oil on canvas,
A pair of companion pictures,
12 x 16 (sitting room) and 17¾ x 12 inches (hallway)
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These charming snapshots, painted in 1897, very much tie-in with the vogue amongst Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian painters for capturing homely interior scenes. They particularly bring to mind the work of Jessica Hayllar (1858-1940) (see an example here), with the focus on treasured objects and flowers set before a window with an enchanting glimpse of an English country garden. The Sitting room has the engaging addition of the lady of the house selecting items from the corner cupboard.
Ursula Wood was the sister of Catherine Mary Wood (1860-1939) who tended to focus more on still life rather than more expansive interior scenes. Ursula studied initially at St John's Wood School of Art and subsequently at the Royal Academy Schools where she was awarded the Turner Gold Medal prize. She exhibited extensively during her lifetime at the Royal Academy (26 times), The Royal Scottish Academy, The Glasgow Institute and the Society of Women Artists. Her work can be found in the Manchester City Art Gallery, the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum.
Source: Gray, S, (2009), Dictionary of British Women Artists, The Lutterworth Press
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