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Beatrice How (1867-1932)

Le Petit Chien (sold)
Le Tétine (the dummy)

Oils on canvas

Julia Beatrice How was the only Englishwoman ever to become a full member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris (the Salon) – an extraordinary achievement for an extraordinary and underrated artist. Born in Bideford, the daughter of wealthy silversmiths, she studied under Hubert Von Herkomer at Bushey, where her obvious talent for figurative work was recognised. From there, How's independent spirit led to her embarking on another period of study at the Academie Delacluse in Paris. She liked Paris so much that she settled there and began to submit work to the Salon in 1903. Over the next 30 years, she exhibited 147 pictures and became a fully fledged and much respected member of the Salon, on friendly terms with Rodin and Bonnard.

How's work is widely distributed in public collections: at the Musee D'Orsay ; The Louvre, a large number of French provincial museums; Tate Britain; the Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow, the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Link here to see the selection of her work at the Musée D'Orsay website here


Mrs H.A.Trotter, Beatrice How's niece and by descent

New Burlington Galleries, Memorial Exhibition catalogue foreword, 1935 Fine Arts Society exhibition catalogue, Beatrice How – A Scottish Painter in Paris The Times, obituary, August 1932 Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950

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