Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following exhibition, opening early next year:
Reclaiming Rose: Rose Dempster Bonnor, portrait painter (1874-1967),
Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham February – 27th April 2014
Rose Bonnor was a well-known, accomplished and prolific portrait painter of her day. Between 1894 and 1916 she exhibited thirteen paintings at the Royal Academy, eight at the Walker Gallery Liverpool and one each at the Manchester City Art Gallery and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
She had been a prize-winning student at Clapham School of Art, later the Camberwell School of Art, having a portrait first accepted at the Royal Academy in 1894 as a nineteen year old.
Altogether Rose produced at least eighty major portraits, many of well-known public figures. Her portrait of Lord Kenyon, lord-in-waiting to Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V, attracted particular attention. A highly favourable review in the Evening News in 1916 concluded “…. a notable piece of work by a woman”. Lord Kenyon was one of many prominent people who commissioned a portrait from Rose. This, and the publicity such portraits attracted, established her reputation. Continue reading