Eleanor Vere Boyle (née Gordon)(1825-1916), Artist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Considered one of the most important female illustrators of the 1860s, Boyle created detailed watercolours for fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Her husband was chaplain to Queen Victoria and due to her social standing she did not exhibit regularly. To conceal her name professionally, she often signed her work using only her initials E.V.B. Many artists were in her close circle, including her cousin Louisa Beresford, Charles Eastlake, Thomas Landseer and the Pre-Raphaelites. Her work was exhibited at the Society of Female Artists and Leighton House in 1902. Following the extensive recreation of the gardens at her new home Huntercombe Manor in 1871, Boyle's artistic output diminished and was replaced by writing books on nature and gardens.