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Elizabeth Southerden, née Thompson, Lady Butler
Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Elizabeth Southerden, née Thompson, Lady Butler 1869

Elizabeth Southerden Thompson Butler (1846–1933)

National Portrait Gallery, London

(b Lausanne, Switzerland, 3 Nov. 1846; d Gormanston Castle, Co. Meath, 2 Oct. 1933). British painter who concentrated almost exclusively on military scenes. She initially had no military connections (although she married an army officer in 1877) and took up such subjects because she thought they were comparatively neglected in Britain, offering an ambitious artist scope to ‘distinguish herself from the ruck’.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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