PROVENANCE: with The Maas Gallery
EXHIBITED: Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, 1891, no 634
Agnes Ashbee was a younger sister of CR Ashbee, the designer and pivotal figure of the Arts and Crafts movement, who was born about 1869 (she was 21 when this was painted) and was a 'good watercolourist'. She holds a sheet of music; all of the Ashbees played various instruments and sang. The critic of the Manchester Guardian wrote: 'A singularly subtle colour scheme is that shown in the "Miss Ashbee." Here varying shades of rich brown in the lady's costume and hat are, with a daring crowned by complete success, illumined with a note of slate colour and of positive blue in the bunch of corn-flowers worn in the bodice.'