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90th Birthday
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Rye Art Gallery

90th Birthday

Margaret Barnard (1898–1992)

Rye Art Gallery

Painter, draughtsman, lino-cut artist and designer, born in India, but moved to Scotland aged seven for schooling. Attended Glasgow School of Art, winnin two travelling scholarships and the Guthrie Award. She journeyed to Italy where she married fellow-student Robert Mackechnie. She loved the light of Italy and they decided that they could live cheaply in a small coastal town not far from Florence. Landscapes, done in Italy and on the Scottish west coast, especially lona, were a key feature of her output, signed MB in monogram form. Her lino-prints typified British graphic work of the 1920s/1930s, with clean lines and subtle colouring. Winter Cavalcade, 1938, and Leisure Days in the Parks, 1939, were posters commissioned by London Underground.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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