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Rose Barton: Artist

Posted in Art, Artist on Tuesday, 5 July 2011

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Rose Mary Barton, also know as Rose Maynard Barton, was an Anglo-Irish watercolour artist who painted landscapes, street scenes and illustrations of towns in Britain and Ireland.

picture, Rose Barton, artist, illustrator, painter, Scots Guards, Marlborough House

Watching the Scots Guards from Marlborough House, illustration by Rose Barton

Born in Rochestown, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, Rose Mary Barton was the daughter of lawyer Augustus Barton and the cousin of two other Irish painters, the sisters Eva Henrietta Hamilton and Letitia Marion Hamilton. She was educated privately and began exhibiting her paintings with the Watercolour Society of Ireland in 1872. Rose and her sister Emoly visited Brussels in 1875 where they received drawing tuition and fine art painting from the French artist Henri Gervex. Along with their friend Mildred Anne Butler, they also began studying figure painting and figure drawing.

In 1878, Barton joined the local committee of the Irish Fine Art Society and afterwards trained at Paul Jacob Naftel’s studio in London, where her friend Butler had also studied under Naftel. In 1882 she exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy and, two years later, at the Royal Academy. Later, she showed at the Japanese Gallery, the Dudley Gallery and the Gosvenor Gallery in London. In 1893 she became an associate member of the Society of Painters in Water Colours, becoming a full member in 1911.

picture, Rose Barton, artist, painter, illustrator, London, Westminster

A rainy day in Westminster, London, illustrated by Rose Barton

Her paintings of Dublin and London became widely known through the publication of  Picturesque Dublin: Old and New by Frances Gerard (London, Hutchinson & Co., 1898), which contained 81 illustrations by Barton, and Familiar London (London, A. & C. Black, 1904), which contained 61 paintings.

She also edited Goldsmith’s The Traveller and The Deserted Village, and Gray’s Elegy written in a country churchyard by Oliver Goldsmith for Heath’s English classics series in 1910.

She lived at Park Mansions, Knightbridge, where she died on 10 October 1929.

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