I love stumbling across women artists, particularly artists from historical periods when being an artist or having a trade was not the done thing. I have a whole book dedicated to women artists which I adore, but I love finding new ones. Anyway, I thought I’d start doing this on a regular basis. Some will be historical, some contemporary, some I love, some I don’t care too much for but still find interesting from a historical standpoint. Anyway, here’s one to kick us off!
Margaret Sarah Carpenter (1793–1872) was a Victorian era painter in Britain who mostly focused on portraits, and continued to paint after she married. She won awards, exhibited at the Royal Academy & British Institution, starting her career at 20 years old. She was noted as being ’the best woman portrait painter of her time’ (Whitley, p. 162), and painted many notable Victorians – both male and female.
I came across her while reading about Ada Lovelace (sometimes known as the first computer programmer …. considering I’m a female programmer in my day job, I love reading about my forebears ). Here is a small sample of her work: