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.
Sadly, I do not know where most of them are. This I found in the records of an auction site.
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.
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.
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I am the current privilged owner of The Falconer above if of interest to anyone. Steve
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..
Deklighted to encounter a MRMS—do they have any of Rosemary Sutcliff’s pictures, or any records which might help me track down her paintings?
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.