Louise Jopling RBA (1843-1933)

Louise Jopling at work

Louise Jopling, born Louise Goode, was born in Manchester. One of a family of nine, she was orphaned at a young age, and married while still in her teens. Her first husband, a Mr Romer, was secretary to Baron Rothschild in Paris, and it was Baroness Rothschild who, on seeing some of Louise's sketches, advised her to become an artist. She studied in the atelier of Charles Chaplin, a British painter based in Paris famed for his portraits of beautiful women, who taught several women painters including Henriette Browne. After returning to England, Louise was able to get three pictures hung at the RA Exhibition as early as 1871. (She later became the first woman elected RSBA.) Her husband died in 1872, and she married again, to the watercolour painter Joseph M. Jopling, in 1874.

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Louise Jopling became well known for paintings of genre subjects, and also did portraiture, including Ellen Terry. She published a book, Hints for Amateurs in 1890. A picture by her called Blue and White is at the Lady Lever Gallery, and a portrait called Phyllis is at the Russell-Cotes Museum. A self portrait of 1871 is in the collection of the Manchester Art Gallery, which also has a portrait by Jopling of her son, Lindsay M. Jopling. Millais painted a portrait of Louise Jopling which is now owned by the Ashmolean Museum, and another portrait, by Whistler, is in the Hunterian Art Gallery.

For a time, Louise Jopling was also known under the name 'Louise Jopling-Rowe'.

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