Mary Beale and Art’s Lost Laborers: Women Painter Stainers

  title={Mary Beale and Art’s Lost Laborers: Women Painter Stainers},
  author={Helen Draper},
  journal={Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal},
  pages={141 - 151}
  • Helen Draper
  • Published 1 September 2015
  • Art, History
  • Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Histories of seventeenth-century British art suggest that one, two, possibly three women were painters. Of those, only Mary Beale (1633–99) established an independent commercial studio, maintaining it successfully for more than twenty years without formal training, court patronage, or guild affiliation. Fellow portraitist Joan Carlile (d.1679) and miniaturist Susannah-Penelope Rosse (d.1700) painted professionally, enjoying some renown, but few of their paintings survive. Can this possibly… 
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