Mary Cameron: Life in Paint
Helen E. Scott
- The first book dedicated to the life and career of Mary Cameron
- Richly illustrated with many of Cameron’s most important paintings
- Accompanies a major retrospective exhibition at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh
Mary Cameron: Life in Paint explores the fascinating story of Cameron’s life and career, charting her creative journey from elegant family portraits to breathtaking Spanish scenes.
Mary Cameron (1865-1921) was an artist and woman ahead of her time. Born in Edinburgh, she began her career as a portraitist and genre painter in her native city, before venturing abroad to study in Paris. Foreign travel proved to be an enduring source of inspiration. In 1900 she visited Madrid for the first time, and was captivated by the Spanish culture, people and scenery. Establishing studios in Madrid and Seville, she executed large-scale compositions of traditional peasant life, dramatic bullfights and rural landscapes. Cameron exhibited widely, and her talents were recognised by contemporaries such as John Lavery and Alexander Roche. However, like many female artists of her generation, her name is now little-known.