Margaret Agnes Collyer was born in 1874. She entered the Royal Academy on 31 July 1894 and began exhibiting there from 1897-1903. Whilst studying, she became great friends with Field Marshal Sir Frederick Paul Haines (1819-1909), an important patron of the arts and theatre. Whilst at the school she campaigned and succeeded in persuading nearly all of the teachers to allow women to study the nude, which had previously not been allowed.
She was an animal lover and naturally gravitated towards this subject matter in her paintings. She set up a London studio where she lived with many of her favourite animals and gained a reputation for painting portraits of horses and dogs. She received many commissions for her work through her influential friends.
Collyer enrolled as a nurse at the outbreak of WW1 working at the Allied Hospital in Boulogne until 1915. During the same year she went to Nairobi to visit her sister but was unable to return home immediately, instead she decided to purchase some land in a remote area near the Aberdare Mountains in Kenya. She became a livestock farmer, building her own house and remained there for the rest of her life. Collyer died in Mombasa in 1945.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||27.25 inches x 35.25 inches (69cm x 89.5cm)|
|Framed Size||33.25 inches x 41.25 inches (84.5cm x 105cm)|