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The Female Artist in the mid-Victorian Period: Emily Mary Osborn’s Nameless and Friendless (1857) and the 1859 Petition to the Royal Academy, Adrienne McKenna

The 1857 painting by Emily Mary Osborn titled ‘Nameless and Friendless’ and the 1859 petition to the Royal Academy to provide tuition to female students offer, in many respects, similarities and contrasts. Both
concern challenges faced by women artists in the mid-Victorian period but they initially appear to be radically different forms of representation; submissive and assertive respectively. This paper probes these representations through the shared themes of money and patriarchy. Ultimately the paper seeks to argue that each artefact is more nuanced than first impressions suggest.

Date created: 
Monday, July 11, 2016
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