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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Jade Jagger
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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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Barbara Hepworth
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Birthdate: January 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: May 20, 1975
English sculptor Barbara Hepworth, CBE and DBE, was a prominent figure in Modern Art. A Royal College of Art alumna, she used bronze, marble, and wood to create masterpieces such as Single Form and Family of Man, which adorn various venues. She died in a fire at her studio.

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Alice Liddell
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Birthdate: May 4, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK
Died: November 16, 1934

One of the 10 children of the dean of Christ Church, Henry Liddell, Alice Liddell was about 5 when she met mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as author Lewis Carroll. It is believed she was the inspiration behind Carroll’s iconic creation Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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Justine Frischmann
(Was the Lead Singer of the Britpop band 'Elastica' and Co-Founder of the Rock Band 'Suede')

Justine Frischmann
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Birthdate: September 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England

 5 
Frieda Hughes
(Painter, Poet)

Frieda Hughes
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Birthdate: April 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

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Vanessa Bell
(Painter)

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

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Leonora Carrington
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Birthdate: April 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, England
Died: May 25, 2011

Leonora Carrington was a Mexican artist, novelist, and surrealist painter. During the 1970s, Carrington played an important role in Mexico's women's liberation movement as she was one of the founding members of the movement. Carrington, who was fascinated by symbolism and myth, studied alchemy, Popol Vuh, post-classic Mayan mystical writings, and the kabbalah.

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Judith Kerr
(Writer and illustrator whose books sold more than 10 million copies around the world)

Judith Kerr
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Birthdate: June 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 22, 2019

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Gertrude Jekyll
(Horticulturist, Painter, Gardener, Non-fiction writer, Botanist, Architect)

Gertrude Jekyll
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Birthdate: November 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: December 8, 1932

Landscape architect Gertrude Jekyll was born into an affluent family and grew up in a refined environment, learning music and traveling. Initially interested in painting, she gave it up to focus on gardening when she developed eyesight problems. She built around 400 gardens and also collaborated with Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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Charlotte Johnson Wahl
(Painter, Mother of Boris Johnson)

Charlotte Johnson Wahl
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Birthdate: November 29, 1843, 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.

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Lalla Ward
(Actress)

Lalla Ward
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Birthdate: June 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

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Jenny Saville
(painter)

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

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Angelica Kauffman
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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.

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Tracey Emin
(Artist, Painter)

Tracey Emin
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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.

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

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Natasha Law
(Painter)

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

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

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Kate Perugini
(Painter)

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

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Paula Rego
(Visual artist)

Paula Rego
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Birthdate: January 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portugal

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Bridget Riley
(Painter)

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

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Elizabeth Siddal
(Painter, Poet, Art model, Visual artist, Model)

Elizabeth Siddal
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Birthdate: July 25, 1829
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holborn
Died: February 11, 1862

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

 23 
Alison Lapper
(Mouth & Foot Painting Artist)

Alison Lapper
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Birthdate: April 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England

Alison Lapper is a British artist who uses art forms like painting, digital imaging, and photography to question physical beauty and normality. Born with a condition called phocomelia, Lapper often uses herself as a subject. Lapper achieved national recognition when she posed for Marc Quinn's sculpture. Titled Alison Lapper Pregnant, the sculpture occupied the fourth plinth between 2005 and 2007.

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Laura Knight
(Painter, Autobiographer)

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

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

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Kate Greenaway
(Artist and writer)

Kate Greenaway
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Birthdate: March 17, 1846
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hoxton, London, England
Died: November 6, 1901

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Maria Cosway
(Artist)

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

 28 
Mina Loy
(Poet)

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

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Cecily Brown
(painter)

Cecily Brown
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Greater London

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Tacita Dean
(Visual Artist)

Tacita Dean
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Birthdate: November 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Canterbury, Kent, England

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Anna Kavan
(Novelist)

Anna Kavan
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Birthdate: April 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cannes, France
Died: December 5, 1968
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Beryl Cook
(Artist)

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

Sophie Gengembre Anderson
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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.

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M.M. Kaye
(Writer)

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

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Elisabeth Frink
(Sculptor)

Elisabeth Frink
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Birthdate: November 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Great Thurlow, Suffolk, England
Died: April 18, 1993

Elisabeth Frink was an English printmaker and sculptor. She survived World War II as a young girl and studied at the Guildford School of Art. Her artwork was greatly influenced by her wartime experiences. She quickly gained popularity for her bronze outdoor sculpture. She was made a full academician at the Royal Academy in 1979. 

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Marie Spartali Stillman
(Painter, Model)

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

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Eileen Agar
(Painter)

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

Eileen Agar was a British-Argentinian photographer and painter best remembered for her association with the Surrealist movement. In 1936, Agar became the only woman to exhibit her works at the International Surrealist Exhibition in London after her work was recommended by Paul Nash to the organizers of the exhibition, Herbert Read and Roland Penrose.

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

 39 
Eleanor Coade
(Businesswoman)

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

Eleanor Coade was a British businesswoman known for her astute entrepreneurial, business, and marketing skills. She manufactured Neoclassical statues, architectural decorations, and garden ornaments. She created stoneware for many famous buildings, including St George's Chapel, The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, and Carlton House. She was one of the few women to run a highly successful business in the Georgian era. 

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

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Phyllis Pearsall
(Entrepreneur)

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

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Magdalene Odundo
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Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

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Kathleen Hale
(Illustrator)

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

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Lady Sybil Grant
(Artist, Writer, Poet)

Lady Sybil Grant
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Birthdate: September 18, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: February 25, 1955

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Ann Macbeth
(painter)

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

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Rebecca Warren
(Sculptor)

Rebecca Warren
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: England

Although British sculptor Rebecca Warren is chiefly known for her works in clay, steel and bronze, she is equally at home with variety of other materials, creating collages and wall mounted vitrines with neon, wool, pompoms, paper, thread etc. Currently a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, she has been holding solo exhibitions across Europe and USA since 2003.

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Joseph Blackburn
(American painter)

Joseph Blackburn
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Birthdate: 1730 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1765 AD

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Cathy de Monchaux
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Cathy de Monchaux is a British sculptor who uses materials like metal, glass, paper, leather, and fur to create sculptures. In 1988, she earned a Steinberger Group Award. The following year, Cathy de Monchaux won the London Arts Individual Artist's Award. In 1998, she was shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize, which was eventually won by contemporary painter Chris Ofili.

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Asia Alfasi
(Comic Writer)

Asia Alfasi
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Birthdate: April 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Libya

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Geraldine Swayne
(Painter, who works mainly in miniature in enamel on metal)

Geraldine Swayne
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom