Amy Sawyer (1863-1945)

Amy Sawyer, the painter, studied at the Herkomer School of Art, where she became one of his favorite pupils. She exhibited widely from 1887-1909, at the Royal Academy, the Paris Salon, and various Arts and Crafts exhibitions. In the late 1890s she settled in Ditchling, East Sussex, where there is a local museum which includes some of her works. Her work was uneven, being extremely good at its best, as in Gentle Spring, and appalling at its worst, as in her fairy pictures such as Goblin Market and The Girl Who Got Lost in Toadstool Country. As well as being a painter, she was an illustrator, playwright, woodcarver and worker in textiles.

The Ditchling Museum has several paintings by Amy Sawyer, including The Sirens, The Balloon Man and The Witches Cats. Gentle Spring is in the Russell Cotes Museum in Bournemouth, and there is another picture by her in Brighton.

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