Thursday, June 6, 2013

most assuredly

As the most successful English woman painter of her time, Margaret Carpenter received regular critical acclaim, especially for her portraits of women and children, and ‘far surpassed in merit most of her contemporary portrait-painters’ (Frith, 3.420). That she was able also to bring up a family is a tribute to her character and determination. Had she not been a woman, she would ‘most assuredly’ have gained election to the Royal Academy (Art Journal, 6).

-- ODNB, Carpenter [née Geddes], Margaret Sarah (1793–1872), portrait and genre painter