Garden in Florence
Katherine Mary Fryer (born 1910)
Katherine Mary Fryer, R.B.S.A. studied at Leeds College of Art from 1926-31, then taught art at the Bath Academy before settling in Birmingham in the 1940s where she taught at the city's College of Art. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Royal Academy, in Leeds City Art Gallery and at the University of Birmingham. She was still working at the age of 100. This beautifully simple watercolour captures the essence of an Italian garden, in green and terracotta. Signed, lower right, with a typed exhibition label bearing the title and her name.
The Arabian Bustard
George Edwards (1694-1773)
Plate 12 from George Edwards's A Natural History of Uncommon Birds (1743). For more about George Edwards and his work see here.
Snowdon from the North
Ursula Macdonald ARCA (1903-?)
Pencil and watercolour. Signed and dated at lower left U.Macdonald 44. The artist was married to Alec Macdonald who taught at King's School Worcester. Ursula Macdonald painted this watercolour in the period when the school had been evacuated to Criccieth.
Her Only Possession
William Lee Hankey (1869-1952)
Drypoint, one of only fifty copies, made in 1916. Signed below in pencil, with the artist's monogram lower left. Also stamped monogram on paper by signature. William Lee Hankey observed at first hand the plight of refugees during the First World War. Many of his beautiful drypoints portray young mothers and their children. See Pick-a-Back for another mother and child by him. Our blog on Lee Hankey is here.
Vase of Flowers
Philip Naviasky (1894-1983)
Signed, lower right. Naviasky was the son of Polish Jewish immigrants. He trained at the Leeds School of Art and the Royal Academy schools. He spent his working life in Leeds painting and teaching at the city's School of Art. He is known for his portraits, his Spanish and Italian townscapes - and his striking flower paintings.
Brigid Wright (1939-2000)
Graphite on paper, entitled Winter Cattle on label affixed to original backing board. From 1968 onwards Brigid Wright's artworks were shown widely in and around Wales. One of three recently acquired drawings by this artist. An earlier Brigid Wright drawing in our collection can be seen here