|Amy Katherine Browning RP, ROI, ARCA (1882- 1978)|
The King's Road, Chelsea in the Snow.
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right "AK Browning".
20 x 16 inches.
This a bird's eye view of the junction of King's Road and Glebe Place, Chelsea showing the group of 18th century houses 213-217 King's Road which are still there today. The picture is painted from the upper floor of a building on the site of the present Lightfoot Hall on the corner of the King's Road and Manresa Road. At the time the house was used as a studio by an artist who was probably a friend of Amy Katherine Browning and the painter Thomas Cantrell Dugdale (1880-1952) whom she married in 1916. Dugdale painted the same view on a warmer day with the tree in full leaf and an open topped bus passing beneath the window. That picture is in the Museum of London and is thought to have been painted around 1907.
Amy Katherine Browning RP, ROI, ARCA (1882- 1978):
One of eight children, Amy Katherine Browning was born at Bramingham Hall in Bedfordshire. Aged eighteen she went to London to study under Gerald Moira at the Royal College of Art and then studied in Paris. She painted mainly flowers, children and landscapes in oils and was a follower of the Impressionists. In 1916 she married the painter Thomas Cantrell Dugdale (1880-1952) and lived with him at their studio at 76 Fulham Road. She taught at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and later Bromley and Beckenham School of Art until the end of World War II. During the war she ran a Red Cross point and took in evacuees. She exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the New English Art Club, Fine Art Society and extensively abroad. She received a silver medal at the Paris Salon in 1912 and a gold medal in 1922. The French government purchased two of her paintings for the Luxembourg collection, including one titled The Red Shawl. She was elected a member of Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1912.
Collections: Imperial War Museum, London; Government Art Collection; Royal Academy, London; Manchester City Art Gallery; Burrell Collection, Glasgow and elsewhere.