Gentle Spring Brings Her Stuff to Market

Gentle Spring Brings Her Garden Stuff to Market, 1896
Amy Sawyer (1863-1945)
Oil on canvas
BORGM 01937
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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Gentle Spring Brings Her Stuff to Market

Born in Sussex, Amy Sawyer studied portraiture and illustration at the Herkomer Art School, in Bushey, and then went on to show at the Royal Academy and Paris Salon between 1887 and 1909. A prolific artist with an interest in folk tales, witches and fairies, she was central to the Art and Craft Movement.

Sawyer’s career as a painter was curtailed when lead poisoning affected her hand. However, she did teach art in the village of Ditchling. Looking for a creative outlet she later wrote and produced plays in the Sussex dialect, culminating in a book entitled Sussex Village Plays in 1934. After she passed away at the age of 82, an obituary said, ‘no one did more to foster and encourage everything that was artistic and beautiful’.

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