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May Furniss (1872-1955) - Signed Watercolour, Children in a Garden

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A fine and vibrant garden scene in watercolour by the listed British painter May Furniss (1872-1955), depicting six children on the ground, playing a game. In this finely detailed work, Furniss displays her proficiency in the medium, creating a hazy bucolic mood in the setting, with a light palette. On wove laid to board. Signed.


In remarkably fine condition, for a picture of this age.


24.7 x 31.7cm (9.7" x 12.5")
Sheet: 26.7 x 35.2cm (10.5" x 13.9")

Collection Information

Sulis Fine Art is proud to present this very fine collection of watercolours by the listed artist Marian Elizabeth Furniss (1872-1955), known as May. The works come from the 2018 William Shackleton and May Furniss studio sale, by decent through the Furniss family and Constance-Anne Parker, a pupil of May. Many of the works date from her time in South Africa, depicting tribal figures from Lesotho, then known as Basutoland.

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Artist Biography

Marian Elizabeth Furniss (1872-1955) was a British painter, born in 1872 in Epsom, Surrey, the daughter of a Corn and Coal Merchant. She studied at the Slade School of Art where she met William Shackleton, and they were married in 1915. She was known as May Furniss, and enjoyed a wide circle of female artist friends including Laura Knight. During the 1920’s and 30’s she taught privately.

After the death of William Shackleton, May was faced with the task of dispersing his unsold works. She managed to interest a number of galleries in the North of England into accepting some of his larger canvases, but the strain involved caused her to have a nervous breakdown and she went to South Africa to restore her health. Whilst there she painted both landscape and figurative subjects.

She continued to paint into the 1950’s and returned to Epsom for the last few years of her life. She died in 1957 and was buried with William Shackleton in Malham. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and elsewhere from 1900, including the WAG, RI, LS, SWA and ROI.

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Code pr120
Artist May Furniss (1872-1955)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 24.7 x 31.7cm
Framed No
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Genre Scene
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