Posted on 13 February 2018
Manchester Art Gallery presents the first retrospective for nearly a century of the Manchester born, Victorian painter Annie Swynnerton (1844-1933), a pioneering professional artist who challenged convention in art and life. The exhibition is co-curated by York Art History alumna Katie Tyreman Herrington.
Annie Swynnerton was elected the first female Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1922 through the endorsement of established Academicians John Singer Sargent and George Clausen. Although this recognition came late for an artist with an international reputation, the ground breaking accolade prompted a major exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery in 1923 and ensured her legacy.
Painting Light and Hope features 30 paintings from across Swynnerton’s career, including 11 from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection with further loans from public galleries including the Royal Academy Collection, Tate and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. The exhibition will also feature a number of rarely seen paintings on loan from private collections.
The exhibition opens on 23rd February and runs until 6th January 2019.