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Talks // Coming up // AHL: Pioneer Women Artists in Falmouth (17th Century to 1940)
28 September

AHL: Pioneer Women Artists in Falmouth (17th Century to 1940)

This lecture by art historian Catherine Wallace focuses on women artists active in Falmouth and South Cornwall from the 17th century to 1940, either painting as a hobby or pursuing it professionally.

These artists were trailblazers since the idea of being a full-time professional artist was generally deemed unsuitable for women until the 20th century.

Their artistic themes encompassed local landscapes, flowers, and imaginative depictions influenced by literature, as well as scenes from their travels abroad, such as Canada and India.

Notable artists in this group include Anne Killigrew, Anna Maria Fox, Rachel Fox, Sophie Anderson, Ellen Genn, Maria Tuke Sainsbury, Georgina Martha de L’Aubiniere, Winifred Freeman, and Marjorie Fischer Williams, among others.

Catherine Wallace is a freelance art historian, writer and lecturer specialising in British and  European 19th and 20th century art with a focus on artists who were based in Cornwall, England. Wallace also has an in depth knowledge of commercial contemporary art and artists from Cornwall. Catherine Wallace has over 30 years experience as a curator and writer on art. This informs the lectures and guided tours she now offers online and live in Cornwall.

Falmouth, Flowers, Fairies and Travels Abroad
Art History Lecture: Pioneer Women Artists in Falmouth (17th century to 1940) 
Thursday 28th September 6:00pm

Tickets: £12

A £1 Poly Fund payment is added to each ticket sold.


You may also be interested in the rest of our Art History Lecture Series given by Catherine Wallace: 

Pioneer Women Artists in Falmouth (17th Century to 1940) Thursday 28th September 6.00pm

Colourful Characters - Laura Knight’s Models Thursday 25th October 6.00pm 

From Fertiliser to Fine Art: Alfred De Pass (1861 – 1952) Art Collector & Philanthropist Thursday 30th November 6.00pm

Rural Realism: The influence of Jules Bastien- Lepage on The Newlyn School and International Contemporaries Thursday 25th January 2024 6.00pm

Father and Daughter: Norman and Alethea Garstin - Two Impressionists in Cornwall Thursday 29th February 2024 6.00pm

Alfred Wallis (1855 – 1942) Naïve Painter and Modernist Inspiration Thursday 28th March 2024 6.00pm

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