by Leszek Muszynski
oil on canvas, 1948
28 5/8 in. x 23 5/8 in. (727 mm x 600 mm)
Given by Leszek Muszynski, 1977
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Born in Galashields, Redpath studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1913-19 also gaining a teaching certificate during this time. A travelling scholarship in 1919 enabled her to visit Brussels, Bruges, Paris, Sienna and Florence. Her father was a textile designer, and she is recorded as saying 'I do with a spot of red or yellow in a harmony of grey what my father did in his tweeds'. She lived in France with her architect husband James Mitchie between 1920 and 1934 where she brought up her three sons. On her return to the borders, having separated from her husband, she immersed herself in painting. In 1949 she settled in Edinburgh, having gained painting honours and professional recognition. She was elected President of the Scottish Society of Women Artists 1944/7 and belonged to a host of other professional bodies.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 516
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Events of 1948back to top
Current affairsPrince Charles is born in Buckingham Palace; he is the first son of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh
The Secretary of State for Health, Aneurin Bevan, introduces the National Health Service. Health services in Britain were now funded from central taxation and free at the point of use for every resident of the country.
Art and scienceThe First Morris Minor car designed by Alec Issigonis and his team (also responsible for the Mini) takes to the road, becoming a popular and classic English design.
F.R. Leavis publishes his influential study of the English novel, The Great Tradition. The book set out Leavis's ideas on the proper relationship between literary form and moral concern.
InternationalThe policy of Apartheid is adopted in South Africa. Apartheid was a set of laws allowing racial segregation and discrimination against the black majority by the white ruling class.
As part of the dispute between Western and Soviet controlled Berlin, the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin, cutting off supplies. Anxious to avoid a conflict, America, Britain and France responded by flying in food and other provisions.