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Mary Gow R.W.S (1851-1929) - Framed 1881 Watercolour, The Shooting Party



An incredibly detailed illustration by listed Victorian artist Mary Gow in pen and ink with watercolour wash and body colour. Produced as an illustration for the 1881 Castell Magazine. The successor to Cassell's Illustrated Family Paper, the magazine featured a variety of content, both fiction and non-fiction, offering everything from sentimental short stories and fashion advice to scientific discoveries and artistic instruction. This particular study is typical of Gows ability to create characterful scenes of Victorian leisure activities. The female figure in the foreground holds her parasol and fan in a relaxed manner, deep in conversation with two gentlemen. How was particularly gifted when depicting young women, capturing an elegance and dynamism in her female subjects. With an additional bird study in graphite and body colour on the reverse. Monogrammed to the lower left corner. Impressively presented in an inscribed and dated washline mount and modern gilt frame. On wove.


8.4 x 12.7cm (3.3" x 5")
Framed Size: 27.4 x 31.4cm (10.8" x 12.4")

Artist Biography

Painter born in London the daughter of artist James Gow and a sister to artist Andrew Carrick Gow. Mary painted mainly figures and genre in watercolours, especially depictions of young girls. Like her brother, she attended Heatherley's and exhibited widely, principally at the Royal Society of British Artists, where she sent eighteen works between 1869 and 1880. She also exhibited at the Royal Academy, RBSA, Dowdeswells', FAS, Grosvenor Gallery, GI, Walker Art Gallery, MAFA, SWA, NPG, NG and at the RI who elected her a member in 1875. She married the genre painter Sydney Prior Hall in 1907 and died in London.

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Code kj544
Artist Mary Gow R.W.S (1851-1929)
Date 1881
Dimensions 8.4 x 12.7cm
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Genre Scene
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