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May Furniss (1872-1955) - Early 20th Century Watercolour, Man in Uniform



A charming watercolour study by the British artist May Furniss, depicting a man in a uniform. Signed to the lower right-hand corner. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration, slight creasing and small tears to the margins.


26.4 x 20.3cm (10.4" x 8")

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 descent 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 qc687
Artist May Furniss (1872-1955)
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 26.4 x 20.3cm
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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