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Women artists


583 People in group

Eileen Agar

Eileen Agar

1899-1991
Painter
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits
Peggy Angus

Peggy Angus

1904-1993
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 2 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Cassandra Austen

1773-1845
Artist
Artist associated with 4 portraits
Gillian Ayres

Gillian Ayres

1930-2018
Painter, mural artist and teacher
Sitter in 5 portraits
Enid Algerine Bagnold ('Lady Jones')

Enid Algerine Bagnold ('Lady Jones')

1889-1981
Novelist and playwright; wife of Sir Roderick Jones; daughter of Arthur Bagnold
Sitter in 10 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

1912-2004
Painter; founder member of the Penwith Society of Artists
Sitter in 1 portrait
Glenys Barton

Glenys Barton

1944-
Sculptor
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 3 portraits
Mary Beale

Mary Beale

1633-1699
Portrait painter
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 53 portraits
Vanessa Bell

Vanessa Bell

1879-1961
Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf
Sitter in 19 portraits | Artist associated with 14 portraits
Elizabeth Blackadder

Elizabeth Blackadder

1931-
Painter
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon

Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon

1827-1891
Artist and women's rights activist; benefactor of Girton College, Cambridge
Sitter in 3 portraits
Rosa Bonheur

Rosa Bonheur

1822-1899
Painter and sculptor
Sitter in 7 portraits
Pauline Boty

Pauline Boty

1938-1966
Artist and actress
Sitter in 30 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett

1849-1924
Children's writer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Dora Carrington

Dora Carrington

1893-1932
Artist
Sitter in 20 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits
Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington

1917-2011
Painter and writer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Helen Chadwick

Helen Chadwick

1953-1996
Artist
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Prunella Clough

Prunella Clough

1919-1999
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ithell Colquhoun

Ithell Colquhoun

1906-1988
Painter and writer
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 4 portraits
Susie Cooper

Susie Cooper

1902-1995
Ceramic designer and factory owner; wife of Cecil Barker
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Cosway (née Hadfield)

Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Cosway (née Hadfield)

1760-1838
Miniature painter; pioneer of girls' education
Sitter associated with 7 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits
Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway)

Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway)

1749-1828
Sculptor
Sitter in 10 portraits | Artist associated with 7 portraits
Clemence Dane

Clemence Dane

1888-1965
Novelist, playwright and artist
Sitter in 14 portraits | Artist of 3 portraits
Mary Delany (née Granville)

Mary Delany (née Granville)

1700-1788
Paper collage artist; memoir and letter writer
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits
Evelyn De Morgan

Evelyn De Morgan

1855-1919
Painter; wife of William Frend De Morgan
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 1 portrait
Elizabeth Christiana Cavendish (née Hervey), Duchess of Devonshire

Elizabeth Christiana Cavendish (née Hervey), Duchess of Devonshire

1757-1824
Society hostess and patron of the arts
Sitter associated with 5 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Jessica Dismorr

Jessica Dismorr

1885-1939
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 1 portrait
Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin

1963-
Artist
Sitter in 12 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits
Elisabeth Frink

Elisabeth Frink

1930-1993
Sculptor and printmaker
Sitter in 18 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits
Anya Gallaccio

Anya Gallaccio

1963-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi

1590-1642
Painter
Sitter in 2 portraits
Gluck

Gluck

1895-1978
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 2 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Ruth Gollancz (née Lowy)

1892-1973
Artist; wife of Victor Gollancz
Artist of 1 portrait
Kate Greenaway

Kate Greenaway

1846-1901
Artist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Maggi Hambling

Maggi Hambling

1945-
Painter
Sitter in 15 portraits | Artist of 8 portraits
Nina Hamnett

Nina Hamnett

1890-1956
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 2 portraits
Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum

1952-
Artist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth

1903-1975
Sculptor; second wife of Ben Nicholson
Sitter in 29 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Gertrude Hermes

Gertrude Hermes

1901-1983
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 5 portraits
Susan Hiller

Susan Hiller

1940-
Artist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Frances Hodgkins

Frances Hodgkins

1869-1947
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait
Alison Jackson

Alison Jackson

1970-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Gwen John

Gwen John

1876-1939
Painter; sister of Augustus John
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Louise Jane Jopling (née Goode, later Rowe)

Louise Jane Jopling (née Goode, later Rowe)

1843-1933
Portrait painter
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Angelica Kauffmann

Angelica Kauffmann

1741-1807
Painter
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist associated with 22 portraits
Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr

1923-2019
Writer and illustrator
Sitter in 2 portraits
Laura Knight

Laura Knight

1877-1970
Artist
Sitter in 33 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits
Winifred Knights

Winifred Knights

1899-1947
Painter
Sitter in 2 portraits
Marie Laurencin

Marie Laurencin

1883-1956
Painter, printmaker and stage designer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Hazel Lavery

Hazel Lavery

1880-1935
Socialite, actress and painter; former wife of Edward Trudeau, and later wife of Sir John Lavery
Sitter in 10 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Helen Lessore

Helen Lessore

1907-1994
Artist; founder of Beaux Arts Gallery
Sitter in 9 portraits
Mary Moser

Mary Moser

1744-1819
Artist; founding member of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 6 portraits
Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Duchess of Argyll

Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Duchess of Argyll

1848-1939
Artist, sculptor and fourth daughter of Queen Victoria
Sitter associated with 95 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait
Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas

1962-
Artist
Sitter in 15 portraits | Artist of 12 portraits
Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney

1941-1998
Photographer, artist, musician, businesswoman, cookery writer and animal rights activist; late wife of Sir Paul McCartney
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist of 14 portraits
Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh

Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh

1864-1933
Artist; wife of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Sitter in 2 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Jennifer McRae

1959-
Artist
Artist of 3 portraits
Mary Adela Martin (née Balmford)

Mary Adela Martin (née Balmford)

1907-1969
Painter and sculptor
Sitter in 1 portrait
Lady Ottoline Morrell

Lady Ottoline Morrell

1873-1938
Patron of the arts; half-sister of 6th Duke of Portland; wife of Philip Edward Morrell
Sitter associated with 596 portraits | Artist associated with 1715 portraits
Margaret Morris

Margaret Morris

1891-1980
Dancer, teacher, choreographer and painter; wife of Scottish artist John Duncan Fergusson
Sitter in 23 portraits