Framed original watercolour painting of the town centre of Selby in North Yorkshire. Signed by the artist, Louise Rayner in the lower right corner. The watercolour painting is finished with a classic gold frame and museum glass.
Louise Ingram Rayner (1832 – 1924) was born in Matlock, Bath in Derbyshire but later moved to London in 1842. At the age of fifteen, Rayner was studying painting with her father (Samuel Rayner, who was also a well known artist) and friends such as George Cattermole, Edmund Niemann, David Roberts and Frank Stone.
Rayner moved to Chester, Cheshire but also travelled a lot, painting many British scenes. Her paintings featured populated street scenes from the Victorian era.
Louise Rayner exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1852 with an oil painting. However, later in 1860, she started painting with watercolours. She exhibited for over 50 years through organisations including the Society of Lady Artists, The Royal Academy, Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of British Artists. Today, her work is shown in collections at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, Derby Museum and Art Gallery and the Grosvenor Museum, Chester.
Her paintings are still very popular to this day and are sold as prints.
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