Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Isobel Lilian Gloag - Scene from Love Labour's Lost Date: circa 1900

Isobel Lilian Gloag was born in London in 1865 of Scottish parents from Perthshire. She studied at St John's Wood Art School, the Slade and then in the studio of M.W.Ridley. She attended life class at South Kensington before travelling to Paris to study under Raphael Collin. Returning to London, she took a studio in Notting Hill, exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1893 onwards. Her first exhibit at the Royal Academy was entitled A Raw Recruit. As well as painting romantic subject pictures reminiscent of Byam Shaw and Gerald Moira, she also was a consummate portraitist, illustrator and stained glass window designer. She also designed posters and produced flower paintings. She was elected ROI in 1909, and after a life plagued by ill health, died on the 5th of January 1917. An article in the Magazine of Art 1902 (pp289-292) by James Greig, comments upon her paintings and illustrates seven (all in black and white) including such titles as 'Rosamond', 'The Miracle of the Roses', 'Rapunzel' and 'The Magic Mantle'. More titles are listed in Christopher Wood's Dictionary of Victorian Painters('The Choice', 'Bacchante', 'A Legend of Provence'), whilst Simon Houfe's Dictionary of 19th Century British Book Illustrators lists her known graphic works.

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