May Marshall Brown artist

We travel to Scotland, to visit the home of artist #MayMarshallBrown (nee Brown Robertson). She was born in 1887, the daughter of an Edinburgh wine merchant (William Robertson). Her artistic talents were the focus of her education. She studied at the Royal Institute in Edinburgh and the Edinburgh College of Art. She was mainly a land/seascape and figure painter, an etcher as well as teacher. May exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours, the Glasgow Institute of Fine Art and the Scottish Society of Artists. She was elected to the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1936. In 1912, May married artist William Marshall Brown RSA (some 24 years her elder). Many of her watercolours portray fishing villages, boats, harbours and those people that resided and frequented those places.

A street scene of a man selling his wares from the back of his horse drawn cart. I continue to look at this painting and there is some just so ‘real’ about it. She has captured something. The grouping feels right, body postures real, colouring good. All this without too much finesse and fine brush work. The evidence of a talented artist, who knew her stuff.

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