Kate Elizabeth Bunce

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Kate Elizabeth Bunce (25 August 1856 – 24 December 1927) English painter and poet associated with the Arts and Crafts movement.

The daughter of John Thackray Bunce – a patron of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and editor of the Birmingham Post during its Liberal heyday – Bunce was born in Birmingham and educated at home. She studied at the Birmingham School of Art in the 1880s, first exhibiting artworks with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 1874 and with the Royal Academy from 1887. She was elected as an associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 1888 and many of her works were displayed in a number of Birmingham churches.

Her earliest known work is The Sitting Room (1887), and in 1893 Bunce was one of the artists invited to contribute murals to hang in Birmingham Town Hall. Her initial style was that of the Birmingham School, where she was a prizewinning student during the 1880s. Her work became increasingly influences by Burne-Jones, Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites, and was characterized by strong figure drawing and a clear use of color. Later in her life she painted a series of decorative pieces in churches, often alongside metalwork by her sister Myra Bunce. She exhibited her work across England between the years 1887-1912 in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool. Her reredos in the church of St Alban's, Bordesley features many species of birds.

Bunce lived all of her life in Edgbaston and died unmarried.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Bunce

Known for her assimilation of the Pre-Raphaelite style.

Her direct, well-drawn method of working shows the influence of the Birmingham School. Bunce later turned to the medieval influence of the Pre-Raphaelites as seen in the ambitious painting The Chance Meeting and The Keepsake...

In 1901, she was a founder member of the Birmingham-based Society of Painters in Tempera.
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Jeremy Donaldson


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