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Women artists have been overlooked throughout history. Although steps are being taken to redress this imbalance, women remain underrepresented in collections and sometimes it can be difficult to find their works or even to know where to start looking. There are thousands of women artists represented on Art UK, and to give you a place to start exploring their works we have created 26 Curations of women artists, divided up by surname A-Z. The set of Curations contains works by 1,000 female artists in total. You won't find the likes of Frida Kahlo or Hilma af Klint as their works are not in UK public collections (yet), but you will find a wealth of art from works by Eileen Agar to Doris Zinkeisen – and plenty more in between.

Artists featured in this Curation: Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749–1803), Annie Rose Laing (1869–1946), Lilian Adelaide Lancaster (1887–1973), Jessica Landseer (1807–1880), Beatrice Langdon (1898–1986), Mary Langhorne (1909–1984), Ellen Lanyon (1926–2013), Karolina Larusdottir (1944–2019), Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993), Marie Walker Last (1917–2017), and 46 more
55 artworks
  • Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749–1803)

    Etienne-François (1719–1785), duc de Choiseul-Stainville, at His Desk 1786
    Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749–1803)
    Oil on canvas
    H 146 x W 114 cm
    National Trust, Waddesdon Manor
    Etienne-François (1719–1785), duc de Choiseul-Stainville, at His Desk
    Photo credit: National Trust Images

  • Annie Rose Laing (1869–1946)

    After Rehearsal c.1922
    Annie Rose Laing (1869–1946)
    Oil on canvas
    H 74 x W 61.4 cm
    Glasgow Life Museums
    After Rehearsal
    Photo credit: Glasgow Life Museums

  • Lilian Adelaide Lancaster (1887–1973)

    The Boy and the Cat 1933
    Lilian Adelaide Lancaster (1887–1973)
    Oil on canvas
    H 57 x W 46.5 cm
    Grundy Art Gallery
    The Boy and the Cat
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Grundy Art Gallery

  • Jessica Landseer (1807–1880)

    Village Scene (Possibly Colickey Green, Essex) 1817
    Jessica Landseer (1807–1880)
    Oil on canvas
    H 35.6 x W 44.5 cm
    Yale Center for British Art

  • Beatrice Langdon (1898–1986)

    The Finsen Light Treatment at the London Hospital
    Beatrice Langdon (1898–1986)
    Oil on canvas
    H 45.5 x W 66.5 cm
    Wellcome Collection
    The Finsen Light Treatment at the London Hospital
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Wellcome Collection

  • Mary Langhorne (1909–1984)

    Azaleas c.1945
    Mary Langhorne (1909–1984)
    Oil on canvas
    H 59.3 x W 50.4 cm
    Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
    Azaleas
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

  • Ellen Lanyon (1926–2013)

    Bermondsey Market 1951
    Ellen Lanyon (1926–2013)
    Oil on linoleum
    H 38.1 x W 47 cm
    Yale Center for British Art

  • Karolina Larusdottir (1944–2019)

    Sunday Visit to the Summerhouse 1994
    Karolina Larusdottir (1944–2019)
    Oil on canvas
    H 39.5 x W 49.5 cm
    Southend Museums Service
    Sunday Visit to the Summerhouse
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Southend Museums Service

  • Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993)

    Self Portrait with a Cat 1928
    Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993)
    Oil on panel
    H 61 x W 51 cm
    Leicester Museums and Galleries
    Self Portrait with a Cat
    © DACS 2024. Photo credit: Leicester Museums and Galleries

  • Marie Walker Last (1917–2017)

    Sheltering Hill 1992
    Marie Walker Last (1917–2017)
    Oil on canvas
    H 102.5 x W 152.5 cm
    The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds
    Sheltering Hill
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds

  • Angela Latham (1894–1980)

    Dr Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965) 1954
    Angela Latham (1894–1980)
    Oil on panel
    H 25 x W 20 cm
    Royal Academy of Music
    Dr Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music

  • Ruth Latter (1869–1949)

    Flowers 1925 or before
    Ruth Latter (1869–1949)
    Oil on canvas
    H 60.5 x W 49.5 cm
    Gallery Oldham
    Flowers
    Photo credit: Gallery Oldham

  • Marie Laurencin (1883–1956)

    La guitare 1936
    Marie Laurencin (1883–1956)
    Oil on canvas
    H 65.2 x W 54.1 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    La guitare
    © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2024. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Christine Laurenson (b.1956)

    Untitled 1981
    Christine Laurenson (b.1956)
    Oil on canvas
    H 92.5 x W 123.5 cm
    Art & Heritage Collections, Robert Gordon University
    Untitled
    © the artist. Photo credit: Art & Heritage Collections, Robert Gordon University

  • Hazel Lavery (1880–1935)

    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) 1925
    Hazel Lavery (1880–1935)
    Oil on panel
    H 60.6 x W 45.4 cm
    Manchester Art Gallery
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
    Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

  • Charlotte Mary Rose Lawrenson (1883–1965)

    Girl Knitting 1925
    Charlotte Mary Rose Lawrenson (1883–1965)
    Oil on canvas
    H 71 x W 56 cm
    Brighton & Hove Museums
    Girl Knitting
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Brighton & Hove Museums

  • Mabel Frances Layng (1881–1937)

    The Omnibus 1920s
    Mabel Frances Layng (1881–1937)
    Oil on canvas
    H 62.5 x W 75 cm
    Staffordshire Museum & Art Collection
    The Omnibus
    Photo credit: Staffordshire Archives & Heritage

  • Edith Le Breton (1912–1992)

    A Salford Street
    Edith Le Breton (1912–1992)
    Oil on canvas
    H 29.5 x W 39.5 cm
    Salford Museum & Art Gallery
    A Salford Street
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Salford Museum & Art Gallery

  • Sheila Lea (1901–1992)

    'Slugs and snails and puppy dogs' tails' 1951 or before
    Sheila Lea (1901–1992)
    Bronze
    H 26 x W 18 x D 11 cm
    Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
    'Slugs and snails and puppy dogs' tails'
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

  • Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842)

    Self Portrait 1791
    Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842)
    Oil on canvas
    H 99 x W 81 cm
    National Trust, Ickworth
    Self Portrait
    Photo credit: National Trust Images

  • Dora Easterbrook Leaman (1897–1965)

    Rood Screen at the Victoria and Albert Museum before 1955
    Dora Easterbrook Leaman (1897–1965)
    Oil on canvas
    H 59.5 x W 90.5 cm
    Torre Abbey Museum
    Rood Screen at the Victoria and Albert Museum
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Torre Abbey Museum

  • Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux (1767–1840)

    A Girl in Prayer
    Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux (1767–1840)
    Oil on canvas
    H 55.3 x W 45 cm
    The Bowes Museum
    A Girl in Prayer
    Photo credit: The Bowes Museum

  • Doris Lee (1905–1983)

    The Dove 1952
    Doris Lee (1905–1983)
    Lithograph on paper
    H 40.6 x W 30.5 cm
    American Museum & Gardens
    The Dove
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: American Museum & Gardens

  • Erica Lee (1888–1981)

    Reginald Hine (1883–1949), Lawyer and Historian of Hitchin 1946
    Erica Lee (1888–1981)
    Bronze
    H 40 x W 25 x D 23 cm
    North Hertfordshire Museum
    Reginald Hine (1883–1949), Lawyer and Historian of Hitchin
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: North Hertfordshire Museum

  • May Bridges Lee (1884–1977)

    Self Portrait c.1930
    May Bridges Lee (1884–1977)
    Oil on canvas
    H 79 x W 64 cm
    Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery
    Self Portrait
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery

  • Beatrice Mary Seccombe Leech (1880–1945)

    Rome, from The Pincio, Piazza Del Popolo, 1933 1933
    Beatrice Mary Seccombe Leech (1880–1945)
    Oil on canvas
    H 29 x W 44.5 cm
    Manchester Art Gallery
    Rome, from The Pincio, Piazza Del Popolo, 1933
    Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

  • Olga Lehmann (1912–2001)

    Bristol Aircraft Company: Underground Factory at Corsham c.1942
    Olga Lehmann (1912–2001)
    Oil on canvas board
    H 60.7 x W 91 cm
    Royal Air Force Museum
    Bristol Aircraft Company: Underground Factory at Corsham
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Royal Air Force Museum

  • Clare Leighton (1899–1989)

    Milking 1926
    Clare Leighton (1899–1989)
    Wood engraving on paper
    H 27.9 x W 19 cm
    American Museum & Gardens
    Milking
    © Estate of Clare Leighton. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2024. Photo credit: American Museum & Gardens

  • Elizabeth LeMoine (b.1958)

    Y-Fronts 1998
    Elizabeth LeMoine (b.1958)
    The New Art Gallery Walsall
    Y-Fronts
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: The New Art Gallery Walsall

  • Céline Lepage (1882–1928)

    Femme aux nattes 1925
    Céline Lepage (1882–1928)
    Bronze
    H 55 x W 23.5 cm
    Rediscovering Art by Women
    Femme aux nattes
    Photo credit: Rediscovering Art by Women

  • Cecil Mary Leslie (1900–1980)

    The Golden Rose 1942
    Cecil Mary Leslie (1900–1980)
    Oil on canvas
    H 90.2 x W 69.8 cm
    Atkinson Art Gallery Collection
    The Golden Rose
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Atkinson Art Gallery Collection

  • Helen Lessore (1907–1994)

    Self Portrait II 1966
    Helen Lessore (1907–1994)
    Oil on canvas
    H 28 x W 23 cm
    Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre
    Self Portrait II
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London

  • Thérèse Lessore (1884–1945)

    Pas de deux
    Thérèse Lessore (1884–1945)
    Oil on canvas
    H 63.5 x W 76.2 cm
    Ferens Art Gallery
    Pas de deux
    Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

  • Ruby Winifred Levick (1871–1940)

    Boys Fishing 1900
    Ruby Winifred Levick (1871–1940)
    Bronze & metal
    H 31.1 cm
    Glasgow Life Museums
    Boys Fishing
    Photo credit: Glasgow Life Museums

  • Edmonia Lewis (c.1844–1907)

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882) 1872
    Edmonia Lewis (c.1844–1907)
    Marble
    H 68.5 cm
    Walker Art Gallery
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    Photo credit: Walker Art Gallery

  • Judith Leyster (1609–1660)

    A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel about 1635
    Judith Leyster (1609–1660)
    Oil on oak
    H 59.4 x W 48.8 cm
    The National Gallery, London
    A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel
    Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

  • Liliane Lijn (b.1939)

    Liquid Reflections 1968
    Liliane Lijn (b.1939)
    Perspex, metal, water, liquid paraffin, motor, electrical components & lamp
    H 83.8 x W 139.7 x D 114.3 cm
    Tate
    Liquid Reflections
    © Liliane Lijn. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: Tate

  • Kim Lim (1936–1997)

    Waterpiece 1979
    Kim Lim (1936–1997)
    Bronze
    H 11 x W 51 x D 51 cm
    Government Art Collection
    Waterpiece
    © Estate of Kim Lim. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2024 . Photo credit: Government Art Collection

  • Gertrude Lindsay (1877–1961)

    Sally at Her Window exhibited 1935
    Gertrude Lindsay (1877–1961)
    Oil on canvas
    H 50 x W 40 cm
    Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum
    Sally at Her Window
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

  • Flora Lion (1878–1958)

    Women's Canteen at Phoenix Works, Bradford 1918
    Flora Lion (1878–1958)
    Oil on canvas
    H 106.6 x W 182.8 cm
    IWM (Imperial War Museums)
    Women's Canteen at Phoenix Works, Bradford
    © IWM (Imperial War Museums). Photo credit: IWM (Imperial War Museums)

  • Jessie Lipscomb (1861–1952)

    Daniel Henry Redhead (b.1837), Alderman and Mayor of Peterborough (1895 & 1905) 1901
    Jessie Lipscomb (1861–1952)
    Terracotta & marble
    H 49 x W 41 x D 22 cm
    Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery
    Daniel Henry Redhead (b.1837), Alderman and Mayor of Peterborough (1895 & 1905)
    Photo credit: Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery

  • Mary Katharine Constance Lloyd (1884–1974)

    Still Life with a Fan c.1920
    Mary Constance Lloyd (1873–1968)
    Oil on canvas
    H 31.5 x W 40 cm
    Charleston
    Still Life with a Fan
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Charleston

  • Dorothy Lockwood (1910–1991)

    Harvest Time
    Dorothy Lockwood (1910–1991)
    Watercolour on paper
    H 30 x W 30 cm
    Royal Watercolour Society
    Harvest Time
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Royal Watercolour Society

  • Marianne Loir (c.1715–after 1769)

    Portrait of a Boy Holding a Garland of Flowers c.1760
    Marianne Loir (1705–1783)
    Oil on canvas
    H 67 x W 54 cm
    National Trust, Waddesdon Manor
    Portrait of a Boy Holding a Garland of Flowers
    Photo credit: National Trust Images

  • Jean Elizabeth Lomas (b.1926)

    Early Evening 1950
    Jean Elizabeth Lomas (1926–1990)
    Oil on canvas
    H 32 x W 24 cm
    RWA (Royal West of England Academy)
    Early Evening
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

  • Mary Lord (b.1931)

    Plateau and Valley 1964
    Mary Lord (b.1931)
    Oil on board
    H 112 x W 171.5 cm
    Bradford Museums and Galleries
    Plateau and Valley
    © the artist. Photo credit: Bradford Museums and Galleries

  • Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848–1939)

    Queen Victoria (1819–1901)
    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848–1939)
    Carrara marble, Portland stone & bronze
    H 370 cm
    Queen Victoria (1819–1901)
    Photo credit: Sally Norris / Art UK

  • Eleanor Lovett (b.1917)

    Lizandro, Portugal c.1964
    Eleanor Lovett (b.1917)
    Oil on board
    H 39 x W 50 cm
    The Fleming Collection
    Lizandro, Portugal
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

  • Bet Low (1924–2007)

    Calm Water (at Mill Bay, Hoy) 1972
    Bet Low (1924–2007)
    Oil & gold leaf on board
    H 56.2 x W 45 cm
    The Pier Arts Centre
    Calm Water (at Mill Bay, Hoy)
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Pier Arts Centre

  • Diana Low (1911–1975)

    Sir William Nicholson (1872–1949) 1920–1936
    Diana Low (1911–1975)
    Oil on canvas
    H 52 x W 67.5 cm
    Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage
    Sir William Nicholson (1872–1949)
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

  • Bertha Lowenthal (active c.1851–1912)

    Mary Ann West (b.1835), Mrs Frederick Boehmer c.1851
    Bertha Lowenthal (active c.1851–1912)
    Oil on canvas
    H 76 x W 63.5 cm
    National Trust, Greenway
    Mary Ann West (b.1835), Mrs Frederick Boehmer
    Photo credit: National Trust Images

  • Mary Lowndes (1857–1929)

    The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple 1910
    Mary Lowndes (1856–1929) and Lowndes and Drury (founded 1897)
    Stained glass
    H 138 x W 180 cm
    The Stained Glass Museum
    The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple
    Photo credit: The Stained Glass Museum

  • Sarah Lucas (b.1962)

    Willy 2000
    Sarah Lucas (b.1962)
    Cast plastic garden gnome & cigarettes
    H 86 x W 42 x D 34 cm
    Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre
    Willy
    © Sarah Lucas, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo credit: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London

  • Mary Sophia Ludlow (1869–1951)

    Belgrave Hall, Leicestershire
    Mary Sophia Ludlow (1869–1951)
    Oil on canvas
    H 50 x W 60 cm
    Leicester Museums and Galleries
    Belgrave Hall, Leicestershire
    Photo credit: Leicester Museums and Galleries

  • Myra E. Luxmoore (1851–1919)

    The Very Reverend Edward C. Maclure 1895
    Myra E. Luxmoore (1851–1919)
    Oil on canvas
    H 142.6 x W 112 cm
    Manchester Art Gallery
    The Very Reverend Edward C. Maclure
    Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery