Margaret Gillies(1803-1887), Painter
Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 9 portraits
In the 1820s Margaret Gillies was a pupil of Frederick Cruikshank, a Scottish miniature painter. During the first two decades of her career Gillies made large miniature portraits, and some subject compositions, that were exhibited widely, including at the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists. She produced portraits of many of the leading writers, intellectuals and social reformers of the day. From the 1840s she specialised increasingly in larger subject pictures, often portraying suffering heroines from the Bible, literature and history. After 1851, when she studied in Paris under Henri and Ary Scheffer, her major works became increasingly religious in tone and allegorical in subject.
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