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Salvaging the Wreck

Photo credit: Guernsey Museums and Galleries

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Kilpack was born in Covent Garden in 1839. She was a shy and sensitive child who had a great aptitude for both music and drawing. Her talents as a pianist enabled her to play concerts for fees when she was only 11. In 1863 her mother died which made the family more dependent on the income from her concert playing. Around the same time she made her first visit to the Channel Islands where she carried out a number of paintings, which were exhibited at the Society of Female Artists. In 1876 her father died and Kilpack gave up the piano to paint full-time. Her work is highly distinctive, usually executed on a small scale, depicting atmospheric coastal scenes using highly-wrought oils.

Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery

St Peter Port


oil on card


H 14 x W 23 cm

Accession number

GUEMG : GMAG 1995.134

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Wilfred Carey Purchase Fund, 1995

Work type


Inscription description

S L Kilpack


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Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery

Candie Gardens, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1UG Channel Islands

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