|Sarah Louisa Kilpack (1839-1909)|
Feeding the Ducks.
Oil on card
Signed lower left.
6 x 7 1/2 inches
Painted between 1884 and 1887 when the artist was living at 13 Merton Road, Wimbledon.
Sarah Louisa Kilpack (1839-1909):
Painter in oil of coastal scenes, marines and landscapes, often views of the Channel Islands and Northern France. She was born in Covent Garden, London, the daughter of Thomas and Georgiana Kilpack. She lived above the family business, a tobacconist in King Street at the heart of the bustling fruit, flower and vegetable market. She was a shy and retiring personality but quickly showed great aptitude for the piano and for drawing. The family came to rely increasingly on the fees from her concerts, which also enabled her to travel. She probably first came to the Channel Islands in the 1860's and became a frequent visitor often staying with friends in Jersey. By the 1880's she was earning around 500 pounds a year from her painting, a considerable sum, even though she never charged more than six guineas for a picture. She exhibited in London at the Society of Women Artists, showing 119 works from 1867-1909. She also exhibited at the British Institution.