Maud Alice Wilson Cruttwell was born in Frome in Somerset in 1860, the daughter of a Solicitor. She was probably educated at home but undoubtedly had professional tuition to develop her talent for art. She painted Historical genre scenes and highly detailed period interiors in a style similar to Frédéric Soulacroix (1858-1933) and Vittorio Reginini (1858-1939). She exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters and Society of Women Artists from 1880-1894. Cruttwell lived at the family home in Frome until her mid 20’s and then stayed with her sister in Oxfordshire for a time. In the early 1890’s she moved to London to Scarsdale Studios in Kensington where she lived with the artist Edith Sprague (1862-1954).
In addition to being an accomplished painter she was also a keen art historian. She became friends with the famous American art historian Mary Berenson and her husband Bernard, living with them in Italy for a time as their companion and housekeeper. She returned to London when she was commissioned to write her first book on the painter Luca Signorelli, published in 1899. From then until 1932, she wrote and published further books on Italian Renaissance artists. She also published biographies of influential women in history.
By the late 1920’s Cruttwell had moved to Paris to work. She died in Paris in on 30 July 1939 aged 79 shortly before the outbreak of World War II.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame, which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||11.25 inches x 16.25 inches (28.5cm x 41.5cm)|
|Framed Size||17 inches x 22 inches (43cm x 56cm)|