The painter Jessie Macgregor was born into an artistic family - her maternal grandfather, and teacher, was the landscape painter Andrew Hunt of Liverpool, her uncle Alfred Walter Hunt RWS was also a landscape painter, and her brother, Archie Macgregor, also became a painter. Jessie Macgregor spent her childhood in London, and studied at South Kensington, and then, from 1870, at the Royal Academy, where she won a Gold Medal for history painting. Among her contemporaries at the Academy were Mrs Louise Waller and Blanche Jenkins. She set up a studio in Liverpool after her parents moved there, and divided her time between there and London thereafter. She exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1872, and also wrote and lectured on art.
Some of Jessie Macgregor's paintings are of Pre-Raphaelite style girls, and she also produced religious works, history paintings and portraits. A rather good In the Reign of Terror by her (1891) is in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
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