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The Mournes as We Knew Them
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum

The Mournes as We Knew Them 1978

Lydia de Burgh (1923–2007)

Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum

Painter in oil and watercolour, notable for her portraits, born in London. As a child she was taught by Ruth Stalder, of Switzerland. Later in London she studied privately with Sonia Mervyn the portrait painter, 1948–51, more teaching coming from Byam Shaw School of Art, 1952, and Edward Wesson. She was elected Hon. RUA, 1984, being a member of Chelsea Art Society, SWLA, Ulster Watercolour Society and the Ulster Society of Women Artists. Also exhibited at RP, RBA and Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. Solo shows included Ulster Office, London, 1956. Most of de Burgh’s work was commissioned. She had a contract with Rowland Ward Gallery in London and Nairobi from 1960–9 to paint African wildlife. Painted HM The Queen and other members of the royal family from personal sittings.

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


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