Famous British Women Artists & Painters

Throughout history, there have been many British women painters who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female painters such as Tracey Emin, Sophie Gengembre Anderson, Frieda Hughes, Bridget Riley, Lady Sarah Chatto.

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 1 Jemima Kirke

Jemima Kirke.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westminster

Jemima Kirke is an English-American artist, actress, and director best known for her role as Jessa Johansson in the HBO series Girls. She is the daughter of Simon Kirke and was introduced to show business at a young age. After acting for a few years, she made her directorial debut in 2019. She is a reproductive rights activist as well.   

 2 Jade Jagger

Jade Jagger.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris

Jewelry and home designer Jade Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, has also been a model. She launched the fashion brand Jade Inc. and a lifestyle concept called Jezebel. She has also worked for Garrard and designed luxury apartments in New York and Mumbai.

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 3 Charlotte Johnson Wahl

Charlotte Johnson Wahl.
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Famous As: Painter, Mother of Boris Johnson
Birthdate: April 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom
Died: September 13, 2021

Artist Charlotte Johnson Wahl is the mother of British prime minister Boris Johnson and British journalist Rachel Johnson. She is known for her portraits and her signature style that mirrors the Vorticist style. Her creations have been featured at the Bethlem Museum of the Mind.

 4 Alice Liddell

Alice Liddell.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 4, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK
Died: November 16, 1934
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 5 Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin.
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Famous As: Artist, Painter
Birthdate: July 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Croydon, London, England

Artist Tracey Emin is known for incorporating subjective elements in her artwork. She experiments with media such as drawing, sculpture, and installations. She made headlines with her controversial works such as Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 and My Bed. She has also taught at the Royal Academy.

 6 Frieda Hughes

Frieda Hughes
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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Writer, Children's writer
Birthdate: April 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London

 7 Justine Frischmann

Justine Frischmann.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
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 8 Vanessa Bell

Vanessa Bell
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 30, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
Died: April 7, 1961

 9 Natasha Law

Natasha Law
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

 10 Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll
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Famous As: Horticulturist, Painter, Gardener, Non-fiction writer, Botanist, Architect
Birthdate: November 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: December 8, 1932

 11 Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: May 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cambridge

 12 Dora Carrington

Dora Carrington
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 29, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hereford
Died: March 11, 1932

 13 Angelica Kauffman

Angelica Kauffman
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 30, 1741
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chur, Switzerland
Died: November 5, 1807

One of the two women founder members of London’s Royal Academy, Angelica Kauffman was born to a painter father in Switzerland and was quite a prodigy, who mastered several languages and the arts of music and painting quite quickly. The history painter is best remembered for her landscapes and portraits.

 14 Kate Perugini

Kate Perugini
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 29, 1839
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London
Died: May 9, 1929

 15 Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Norwood

 16 Maggi Hambling

Maggi Hambling
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suffolk

 17 Paula Rego

Paula Rego
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Famous As: Visual artist
Birthdate: January 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portugal

 18 Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 3, 1846
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lausanne
Died: October 2, 1933

 19 Alison Lapper

Alison Lapper
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Famous As: Painter, Photographer
Birthdate: April 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Burton upon Trent

 20 Elizabeth Siddal

Elizabeth Siddal
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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Art model, Visual artist, Model
Birthdate: July 25, 1829
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holborn
Died: February 11, 1862

 21 Laura Knight

Laura Knight
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Famous As: Painter, Autobiographer
Birthdate: August 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Eaton
Died: July 7, 1970

 22 Evelyn De Morgan

Evelyn De Morgan
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 30, 1855
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London
Died: May 2, 1919

 23 Kate Greenaway

Kate Greenaway
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Famous As: Artist and writer
Birthdate: March 17, 1846
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hoxton, London, England
Died: November 6, 1901

 24 Mina Loy

Mina Loy
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 25, 1966

 25 Cecily Brown

Cecily Brown
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Greater London

 26 Maria Cosway

Maria Cosway
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 11, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: January 5, 1838

 27 Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean
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Famous As: Visual Artist
Birthdate: November 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Canterbury, Kent, England

 28 Beryl Cook

Beryl Cook
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: September 10, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Egham, Surrey, England
Died: May 28, 2008

 29 Anna Kavan

Anna Kavan
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cannes, France
Died: December 5, 1968
Author Helen Ferguson gained fame as Anna Kavan later, a name she had taken up as her legal identity and not as a pseudonym. Known for her works such as I Am Lazarus, she was engulfed by mental disorders and drug addiction and had even attempted suicide multiple times. 

 30 Elisabeth Frink

Elisabeth Frink
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: November 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Great Thurlow, Suffolk, England
Died: April 18, 1993
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 31 Sophie Gengembre Anderson

Sophie Gengembre Anderson.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1823 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 10, 1903

Born to a French father and a British mother, Sophie Gengembre Anderson was a self-taught artist. The family fled to the U.S. to escape the French Revolution. A master portraitist and a major Pre-Raphaelite figure, Sophie specialized in painting women and children, with cats and natural elements thrown in.

 32 Marie Spartali Stillman

Marie Spartali Stillman
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Famous As: Painter, Model
Birthdate: March 10, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London
Died: March 6, 1927

 33 M.M. Kaye

M.M. Kaye
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 21, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shimla, India
Died: January 29, 2004

 34 Barbara Bodichon

Barbara Bodichon
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 8, 1827
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Carlton Crescent, Southampton, England
Died: June 11, 1891

 35 Eileen Agar

Eileen Agar
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 1, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: November 7, 1991

 36 Phyllis Pearsall

Phyllis Pearsall
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: East Dulwich, London, England
Died: August 28, 1996

 37 Kathleen Hale

Kathleen Hale
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: May 24, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: January 26, 2000

 38 Lilly Martin Spencer

Lilly Martin Spencer
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 26, 1822
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Exeter, England
Died: May 22, 1902

 39 Eleanor Coade

Eleanor Coade
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 3, 1733
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England
Died: November 16, 1821

 40 Magdalene Odundo

Magdalene Odundo
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Famous As: Potter
Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 41 Rebecca Warren

Rebecca Warren
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: England

 42 Ann Macbeth

Ann Macbeth
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: 1875 AD
Birthplace: Halliwell, Bolton, Lancashire, England
Died: 1948 AD

 43 Joseph Blackburn

Joseph Blackburn
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Famous As: American painter
Birthdate: 1730 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1765 AD

 44 Cathy de Monchaux

Cathy de Monchaux
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: London, England

 45 Asia Alfasi

Asia Alfasi
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Famous As: Comic Writer
Birthdate: April 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Libya

 46 Mai Ghoussoub

Mai Ghoussoub
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: February 17, 2007

 47 Geraldine Swayne

Geraldine Swayne
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: England

 48 Susan Vera Barker Cooper

Susan Vera Barker Cooper
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Famous As: Ceramic designer
Birthdate: October 29, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: England
Died: July 28, 1995

 49 Lady Sybil Grant

Lady Sybil Grant
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Famous As: Artist, Writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 18, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: February 25, 1955

 50 Kim Sears

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barcombe

Kim Sears is a British artist known for her portraits, paintings, and other forms of illustrations. She mainly focuses on animals as the subject of her artwork and strives to create awareness about animal rights. She is also involved in philanthropic ventures related to animals. She is married to professional tennis player Andy Murray and has two daughters.