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Bertha Newcombe, NEA (1857-1947)

She attended The Slade School of Fine Art in 1876. Bertha is believed to have been one of the first women artists to train at The Slade. By 1882, she was exhibiting her paintings alongside other promising artists such as Edward Stott (1859-1918) and the London-based American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), She was also influenced by Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947) and the Newlyn School of painters.

In 1888, Bertha Newcombe became a member of the New English Art Club, where she exhiited alongside artists such as Philip Wilson Steer and Walter Richard Sickert, she was friendly with the expatriate American painter James McNeill Whistler.

She exhibited her work at The New English Art Club, The Royal Academy, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, The Fine Art Society, The Dudley Gallery, The London Salon and The Society of British Artists. Reviews of her exhibited artwork mention paintings entitled 'A Meadow of Flowers' (1884), 'An April Moon' (1905, Royal Academy) and 'A Primrose Copse' (1904), described as "an exquisite landscape".

A staunch feminist, Bertha Newcombe was a member of The Society of Women Artists, The Society of Lady Artists and The Artists Suffrage League.

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