Elizabeth Thompson (1846-1933)

Elizabeth Thompson was a Swiss-born artist who painted military subjects. Her masterpiece, "Roll Call," caused a sensation at the Royal Academy in 1874. The painting, set in the Crimean War, was startling for its lack of military glory: it portrayed pain, shock, and suffering. Ironically, it was purchased by Queen Victoria. But Thompson could not become a member of the Royal Academy because she was a woman. The artist was a preeminent painter of war scenes and was known for her accuracy with regimental dress and horses. Thompson's popularity lasted for several years, but waned in the 1880s. Miss Thompson married William Butler in 1877 and eventually became Lady Butler, Elizabeth Southerden. Her sister was the poet Alice Meynell.

1875 circa 15 years
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Fradelle & Marshall (London)
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