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Auntie’s Best Bonnet (1905-1917). Beatrice Offor (1864-1920). Oil on canvas. Bruce Castle Museum. Offor, a Tottenham artist, trained at the Slade School of Art and later exhibited thirteen of her paintings at the Royal Academy. Her work includes portraits and allegorical images of young women as well as portraits of local dignitaries. Sadly, like many British women artists of the Victorian and Edwardian periods, her work has not been widely noticed until now.

A woman in somber day dress looks like she is supposed to be laying the table, but has been pulled in by the book in her hand. "Study of a Girl Reading" by Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1838-1904)

"Julia" - Daniel Sprick, realist, oil on board {contemporary artist figurative realism female head woman face portrait painting} Ambivalent !!

I've always loved this painting of a woman reading - had no idea the artist was Charles Dickens' son-inlaw - Charles Perugini. #art #literary #Victorian #book