Kate Bisschop-Swift

Born in London, Kate Bisschop-Swift was the daughter of William Burgess Swift. Although she is considered a largely self-taught artist, she also studied with the Dutch painter Christoffel Bisschop whom she married. Subsequently, her career was associated with Scheveningen. She exhibited regularly both in The Hague and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and co-founded the Dutch Drawing Society in The Hague. In 1914 she was appointed an honorary member of the Friesland Society.

Catharina Seaton Foreman Bisschop-Swift, known as Kate (1834-1928); English-born Dutch painter, known primarily for her domestic scenes and still lifes.

She was largely self-taught. In the late 1860s, she took some lessons from the Dutch painter, Christoffel Bisschop. They were married in January 1869, and she went with him to the Netherlands. They lived in Scheveningen at a villa named "Frisia", although she worked mostly in Leeuwarden.

In 1874, together with Gerardina Jacoba van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Sientje van Houten and Margaretha Roosenboom, she painted the "Haagse weeskinderen" (Hague Orphans), as a gift for Queen Sophie on the occasion of the 25th jubilee or Sophie's husband, King William III. Two years later, she was a co-founder of the Hollandsche Teekenmaatschappij; exhibiting regularly throughout The Hague as well as at the Stedelijk Museum.

Her husband died in 1904. She was named an honorary member of the "Royal Frisian Society for History and Culture" in 1914. After her death, her remaining works and belongings were transferred from her villa to the Fries Museum. This included a large selection of jewelry given to her by various European sovereigns.
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