Lofthouse, Mary (DNB00)

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LOFTHOUSE, MARY (1853–1885), water-colour painter, born in 1853, was daughter of T. B. W. Forster, a landscape-painter, of Holt Manor in Wiltshire. As Miss Mary Forster she attained some distinction as a water-colour painter, and her works were much admired at the Exhibition of Lady Artists in Great Marlborough Street, London. In 1884 she was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-colours. In the same year she married Samuel H. S. Lofthouse, barrister-at-law, but died on 2 May 1885 at Elmbank, Lower Halliford-on-Thames. A painting of ‘Pembroke Castle,’ in the Exhibition of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-colours that year, was attracting very favourable attention at the time of her death.

[Times, 5 May 1885; Graves's Dict. of Artists, 1760–1880.]

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