Elizabeth Cameron, original watercolour, 'Fritillaria', signed with initials and dated 1975. Malcolm Innes gallery label verso. Framed, oval mounted and glazed and all in fair condition for age. Note that there are some minor blemishes on the paper surface and the gilt frame has some small dints and marks although still looks good. Size 450mm x 335mm frame and 325mm x 230mm oval image.
Frozen food entrepreneur and pioneer of boil-in-the-bag porridge who became a leading botanical artist, Elizabeth Cameron grew up at Dillington in Somerset. Cameron, who died in 2009, was born Elizabeth Vaughan-Lee in 1915 and was the eldest daughter of a colonel who had fought in the Boer War. Elizabeth Cameron of Munlochy, Ross-shire, Scotland.
She became one of Britain’s leading botanical artists after making a successful career as a frozen food entrepreneur supplying Harrods amongst others. She first learned to paint from her governess, but received more formal teaching at the Slade Art School and St. John's Wood Art School in London, painting mainly in oils. In 1939 the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy accepted landscapes and portraits for exhibition, but the intervening war, her marriage to Allan Cameron, bringing up her children and running a frozen food business occupied most of her talent and energy until 1972 when, inspired by grand Scottish gardens, including her own at Allangrange on the Black Isle, she began to paint flowers in water colour, including rhododendrons at the Scottish gardens of Brodick, Glenarm and lnverewe.
She has won three gold and three silver gilt medals from the Royal Horticultural Society, confirming the accuracy in botanical detail and pictorial talent. She has exhibited her work at the Hunt-Mellon Botanical Institute in Pittsburgh, the Horticultural Society of New York and galleries in London and Johannesburg, South Africa. She also had a number of solo exhibitions in London, and she and her Allangrange Prints regularly took a stand not only at Chelsea but also at the French equivalent, the Courson Flower Show, and at Hampton Court.
She also sold at events such as game fairs and the Burghley and Badminton horse trials. She received three Gold and three Silver medals from the Royal Horticultural Society in recognition of her accuracy of botanical detail and pictorial excellence. Elizabeth published a collection of paintings titled A Book of White Flowers and the donation of one of her pictures, Rose Humanity, to the British Red Cross to mark its 125th anniversary, has raised more than £9 million for the organisation, which rewarded her with a Badge of Honour for Distinguished Service.
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