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Marian Barnes is best known as an artist who painted flower pictures in watercolours, and the above is one of her larger works -
The following is a quotation from the "Evening Standard" of June 9th, 1910, referring to an exhibition of her paintings at the Newman Gallery in Oxford Street, London: "All A-
Pictured right is a portrait photograph of Marian Barnes, and below is a photograph taken in her studio in Blackheath (the first painting above can be seen on the left of the picture -
Marian Barnes used to frame the pictures herself, doing the creation of the intricate mouldings and gilding.
The photographs on this page and the lower flower painting are shown courtesy of Rita Townsend who acted as a chauffeur for the sisters in the early 1930s when they lived in Margate.
Marian Barnes specialised in pictures of flowers but she was also capable of handling other subject matter very well as shown in the example above which is a portrait she did of her sister Valerie Barnes. (This image was donated by a private collector). Valerie Louise Barnes was three years younger than Marian Barnes, being born in about 1865 so she would have been 27 when this picture was painted in 1892. She died in 1946 aged 81, and she is buried in the same grave as Marian. A photograph of the grave is shown below (in Margate cemetary). According to their chauffeur, Valerie was the prettiest of the sisters as one can well believe from this painting.
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