Lucy Kemp-Welsh

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Lucy Kemp-Welsh

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Born 1869 - Died 1958

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Lucy Kemp-Welsh was born in Bournemouth, the daughter of Edwin Bueldand KempWelsh.

She studied art at the school run by von Herkomer in Bushey, Hertfordshire. She has left a vivid record of Herkomer's rather extreme behaviour, his irascibility, sarcasm, and severity. Happily she also records another facet of his character-his unstinting encouragement of what he regarded as promising work Lucy Kemp-Welsh regarded Herkomer as her mentor, and when his health started to deteriorate shortly before the First World War, she became principal of his school.

She was an animal painter, largely of horses, and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1894. From the standpoint of the early 21" century it appears incomprehensible that Lucy Kemp-Welsh, like a number of other highly-talented women painters was not elected even an Associate of the Royal Academy.

One of her pictures "Colt hunting in the New Forest" was purchased by the Chantrey Bequest for the nation. She became the first president of the Society of Animal Painters, formed in 1914, was a member of The Pastel Society from 1917, and a member of the Royal and British Colonial Society from 1920.

Following the First World War in 1921 Miss Kemp-Welch exhibited at the Paris Salon, and was awarded a bronze medal, in the following year exhibiting again at the Salon, and was awarded 5 silver medal. In 1938 she had a one-woman exhibition in Bond Street.

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