|Elizabeth Adela Stanhope Forbes nee Armstrong (1859-1912)|
Girl Playing with a Cat.
Oil on canvas
20 x 15 inches.
Fine water gilded frame.
Signed with the artists monogram lower right and dated 1883.
Painted during the early part of 1883 while Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes was staying in the artist's colony at Pont Aven in Brittany.
Elizabeth Adela Stanhope Forbes nee Armstrong (1859-1912):
Elizabeth Adela Stanhope Forbes was a highly successful Canadian painter born in Kingston, Ontario on 29th December 1859. She worked in oil, watercolour and pastels and also made etchings, her favourite subjects being children and landscapes strongly influenced by the French realist painters. She was educated privately in Canada before traveling with her mother to London where she studied at the South Kensington Art School, now the Royal College of Art. She then returned to Canada during which time her father died. Between 1877 and 1880 she studied at the Art Students League of New York with William Merritt Chase who recommended that she continue her studies in Munich. Following his advice she travelled to Germany where in the early 1880's she studied with J. Frank Currier and Frank Duveneck. In 1882 she went to Pont Aven in Brittany where she practised plein-air painting and also taught etching. While in Brittany she sent paintings to London for exhibition at the Royal Institute. All her pictures sold on the opening day of the show. In 1883 she returned to London where she worked as a print maker and became a member of the Society of Painter Etchers and later an Associate of the Society of Painters in Watercolours. She travelled to the Netherlands in the summer of 1884 to study with William Merritt Chase near Haarlem. In the autumn of 1885 she and her mother moved to Newlyn in Cornwall and then St Ives where she met Stanhope Forbes whom she married in 1889. From 1890 she started exhibiting at the Royal Academy and participated in numerous other exhibitions in London. In 1899 she and her husband opened the Newlyn Art School. They were also instrumental in the creation and ongoing success of the new Passmore Edwards Art Gallery at Newlyn. Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes enjoyed a national reputation in her lifetime and an international reputation today. Collections: Tate Gallery, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, Penlee House & Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery and elsewhere.