Cupid and Psycheby Annie Louisa Swynnerton (1844-1933)
oil on canvas, 1891
The Rome-based Swynnerton was one of the most daring female painters of the nude, often shocking audiences with her robustly painted figures. Despite receiving some training at the Manchester School of Art and the Académie Julian, Swynnerton was largely self-taught which may explain the originality of her technique and vision. […] Her treatment of the nude was more vivid and naturalistic, enlivened by a bold expressive manner. ~Exposed: The Victorian Nude, ed. by Alison Smith (Exhibition catalogue)
Phoebe Anna Traquair was an Irish artist who rose to prominence in Edinburgh and went on to produce a staggering volume of work. She was part of the Arts and Crafts movements in Scotland and worked in a number of disciplines including embroidery, jewellery making and metal work, painting, illustration and book design. She painted vast murals in several buildings including the Catholic Apostolic Church and the chapel of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, both in Edinburgh. — at National Galleries of Scotland.