Rosemary Sutcliff, painter of miniatures before writer of novels, studied in Bideford, and under Edwin Morgan

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A new post on Twitter by the ‘husband of an artist’, set me thinking about Rosemary Sutcliff’s life as an artist. She started out as a painter, trained at Bideford Art School. Her miniatures were exhibited, including at the Royal Academy.

Note on Rosemary Sutcliff as miniaturist

 

Sadly, I do not know where most of them are. This I found in the records of an auction site.

Rosemary Sutcliff miniature paining The Falconer 1952

 

She was a member of the Royal Society of Miniaturists, but they have none of her pictures. They do have pictures by Edwin Morgan, who she studied with.

 

Charles Marks Esq by Edwin Ernest Morgan, miniature painter

 

Her start as a painter influenced her writing: she once said she found she needed to work on a bigger canvas—hence novels, but she retained a painter’s eye for detail and creating a picture in the reader’s eye. She also took a great interest in the illustrators of her books , such as Charles Keeping.

Warrior Scarlet by Rosemary Sutcliff was illustrated by Charles Keeping

 

 

4 comments

  1. I am so pleased to learn that this writer, whom I have always admired, shares two of my main interests, ancient history and miniature painting and was a fellow member of the Royal Miniature Society..

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      1. I think her tutor’s paintings have turned up in the Royal Miniature society records. I should like to track down a few of her novels. I have only read “The Eagle of the Ninth” and that was a long time ago.

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