She wasn’t a late developer at all: for over ten years her work was shunned. Then in 1924, this started to change, as did her painting.
In just a few years, she painted more than 200 works documenting the totems and villages of the First Nation peoples of the Pacific North-West.
Early paintings by this prolific and highly innovative painter who concentrated on totems of indigenous peoples of the Pacific North-west, and wonderful trees and forests.
One of the finest still-life painters of any age, some of her work celebrated the sensual pleasures of food, others the futility of life.
Like the Alma-Tademas, a Belgian family of talented painters who specialised in scenes set in Pompeii.
Specialised in painting mothers and their children, and fisherfolk of the Channel coast, she was highly successful and advanced career prospects for women painters.
How could a woman succeed as an innovative professional painter during the Renaissance, and live to the age of 92?
She started out as a successful illustrator, but for most of her working life painted rural cottages across southern England.
Elected the first woman Associate of the Royal Academy since it was founded, she had a very individual style, with a unique visual richness.
A woman artist painting nudes? Better than her husband? Keeping her maiden name too? She changed a lot of attitudes in her career as a painter.