Reclaiming Rose celebrates artist in 2014

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The complete work of prolific portrait painter Rose Bonnor will be displayed at an exhibition at Orleans House Gallery in February.

Reclaiming Rose looks to tell the story of a bygone and much-accomplished artist who has since faded out of public consciousness.

Curated by Richmond Council’s Mark De Novellis and painter Annabel Bonnor Bloxham, the great-niece of Bonnor, the exhibition looks back at 40 years of her work.

Richmond Council cabinet member for culture, Councillor Gareth Evans says: “This fascinating exhibition brings to life one of the nation’s finest portrait painters who sadly slipped from public awareness.

“It looks back over a 40-year period of her complete works and will be a must see for art lovers across the capital and beyond.”

From early school paintings to commissioned formal portraits, between 1894 and 1916 she exhibited some 13 paintings at the Royal Academy as well as another eight at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool.

Bonnor had been a prize-winning student at Clapham School of Art, having a portrait first accepted at the Royal Academy at just 19 years of age.

She painted plenty of well-known public figures, including Lord Kenyan, the lord-in-waiting to Queen Victoria.

Altogether the much-forgotten artist painted more than 80 major pieces of work, all of which go on display at the Twickenham early next year.

Reclaiming Rose; Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham; exhibition running from February 1 until April 27; call 020 8831 6000 for further details.

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