Art: The female painter who blazed a trail
Hot on the heels of its sell-out street art exhibition Moments, Moyse's Hall in Bury St Edmunds showcases England's first professional female painter
She lived through the Civil War, survived the bubonic plague and, believed to be England’s first professional female painter, went on to become one of the most eminent portraitists of the 17th century with her own gallery on London’s Mall. Mary Beale may not be a household name, but she surely deserves to be.
Bringing together more than 25 of her most esteemed portraits for the first time, her life and work are to be celebrated in Observations, a one-off exhibition running at Bury St Edmunds’ Moyse’s Hall from October 23. Both a showcase of beauty and skill and a tribute to a woman who, born in Barrow in 1633, defied all patriarchal norms, we think it’s a must-see.
For full details and to book visit moyseshall.org
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