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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.

22 artworks
  • Winifred Nicholson (1893–1981)

    Cyclamen and Primula c.1923
    Winifred Nicholson (1893–1981)
    Oil on paper
    H 50 x W 55 cm
    Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge
    Cyclamen and Primula
    © Trustees of Winifred Nicholson. Photo credit: Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge

  • Anne Gibson Nasmyth (1798–1874)

    River Landscape with Figures by the Banks, a Castle and a Town beyond
    Anne Gibson Nasmyth (1798–1874)
    Oil on canvas
    H 66.5 x W 86 cm
    National Trust, Hartwell House
    River Landscape with Figures by the Banks, a Castle and a Town beyond
    Photo credit: National Trust Images

  • Charlotte Nasmyth (1804–1884)

    The Entrance to Loch Katrine
    Charlotte Nasmyth (1804–1884)
    Oil on canvas
    H 44.5 x W 60 cm
    National Trust, Hill Top and the Beatrix Potter Gallery
    The Entrance to Loch Katrine
    Photo credit: National Trust Images

  • Jane Nasmyth (1788–1867)

    Loch Ness
    Jane Nasmyth (1788–1867)
    Oil on canvas
    H 60 x W 75 cm
    Highland Council
    Loch Ness
    Photo credit: Highland Council

  • Maud Hall Neale (1869–1960)

    Alderman Mary Mercer (née Chetter), JP (1883–1945), Mayor of Birkenhead (1924–1925)
    Maud Hall Neale (1869–1960)
    Oil on canvas
    H 78.3 x W 95.9 cm
    Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
    Alderman Mary Mercer (née Chetter), JP (1883–1945), Mayor of Birkenhead (1924–1925)
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

  • Alice Headley Neave (1903–1977)

    Smokey Afternoon, Ore, East Sussex c.1960
    Alice Headley Neave (1903–1977)
    Oil on board
    H 35.6 x W 40.6 cm
    Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
    Smokey Afternoon, Ore, East Sussex
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

  • Alice Neel (1900–1984)

    Kitty Pearson 1973
    Alice Neel (1900–1984)
    Oil on canvas
    H 152.2 x W 76.5 cm
    Tate
    Kitty Pearson
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Tate

  • Norah Neilson Gray (1882–1931)

    Salopian Cup and Chinese Vase c.1930
    Norah Neilson Gray (1882–1931)
    Oil on canvas
    H 127 x W 101.6 cm
    Glasgow Life Museums
    Salopian Cup and Chinese Vase
    Photo credit: Glasgow Life Museums

  • Natalya Nesterova (b.1944)

    Human Masks 1989
    Natalya Nesterova (b.1944)
    Oil on canvas
    H 360 x W 300 cm
    Southampton City Art Gallery
    Human Masks
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Southampton City Art Gallery

  • Louise Nevelson (1899–1988)

    Nightscape 1957–1964
    Louise Nevelson (1899–1988)
    Painted wood & Formica assemblage
    H 258.5 x W 347 x D 42 cm
    National Galleries of Scotland
    Nightscape
    © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2023. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

  • Mary Newcomb (1922–2008)

    Moths and Men with Hay, August 1960
    Mary Newcomb (1922–2008)
    Oil on hardboard
    H 60.2 x W 90.7 cm
    Norfolk Museums Service
    Moths and Men with Hay, August
    © the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Norfolk Museums Service

  • Bertha Newcombe (1857–1947)

    The Goatherd 1893
    Bertha Newcombe (1857–1947)
    Oil on canvas
    H 120 x W 181 cm
    Southwark Art Collection
    The Goatherd
    Photo credit: Southwark Art Collection

  • Ann Mary Newton (1832–1866)

    Ann Mary Newton, née Severn
    Ann Mary Newton (1832–1866)
    Oil on canvas
    H 61 x W 52.1 cm
    National Portrait Gallery, London
    Ann Mary Newton, née Severn
    Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

  • Catherine Maude Nichols (1847–1923)

    On Norwich River, Norfolk
    Catherine Maude Nichols (1847–1923)
    Oil on panel
    H 27.3 x W 32.1 cm
    Norfolk Museums Service
    On Norwich River, Norfolk
    Photo credit: Norfolk Museums Service

  • Alice Hogarth Nicholson (1865–1950)

    Idleness exhibited 1918
    Alice Hogarth Nicholson (1865–1950)
    Oil on canvas
    H 51 x W 80 cm
    Hartlepool Museums and Heritage Service
    Idleness
    Photo credit: Hartlepool Museums and Heritage Service

  • E. Q. Nicholson (1908–1992)

    The View From the Garden at Blagdon c.1950
    E. Q. Nicholson (1908–1992)
    Oil on canvas paper
    H 320 x W 420 cm
    Pallant House Gallery
    The View From the Garden at Blagdon
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

  • Kate Nicholson (1929–2019)

    Iris Table 1957
    Kate Nicholson (1929–2019)
    Oil on canvas
    H 120 x W 60 cm
    Girton College, University of Cambridge
    Iris Table
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Girton College, University of Cambridge

  • Mabel Nicholson (1871–1918)

    Nancy as the Harlequin with a Windsor Chair c.1910
    Mabel Nicholson (1871–1918)
    Oil on canvas
    H 51 x W 40 cm
    National Galleries of Scotland
    Nancy as the Harlequin with a Windsor Chair
    Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

  • Nancy Nicholson (1899–1977)

    William Nicholson at Work 1918
    Nancy Nicholson (1899–1977)
    Gouache on card
    H 37 x W 37 cm
    Rediscovering Art by Women
    William Nicholson at Work
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Rediscovering Art by Women

  • Noel Laura Nisbet (1887–1956)

    An Autumn Pastoral
    Noel Laura Nisbet (1887–1956)
    Watercolour on paper
    H 67 x W 100.2 cm
    Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
    An Autumn Pastoral
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

  • Margaret Graeme Niven (1906–1997)

    Stormy Day on the Itchen
    Margaret Graeme Niven (1906–1997)
    Oil on canvas
    H 71 x W 91.5 cm
    Bradford Museums and Galleries
    Stormy Day on the Itchen
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Bradford Museums and Galleries

  • Marianne North (1830–1890)

    A Medley of Flowers from Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope c.1882
    Marianne North (1830–1890)
    Oil on board
    H 35.2 x W 50.5 cm
    Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
    A Medley of Flowers from Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope
    Photo credit: The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew