Ex. Coll: Collection of a well-regarded woman collector in the South of England; by descent until 2021.
Possibly exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. Work retains an old framing label from Academy Framers, London. More research needs to be done.
Elizabeth Blackadder Scottish (1931-2021) Cats Fred and Rosie Amongst the Helleborus and Lenten Rose watercolor and pencil on handmade paper 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches 17 1/4 x 20 1/8 inches (framed) signed in pencil (at lower right): Elizabeth Blackadder inscribed in pencil in artist's hand along the bottom of the sheet: HELLEBORUS ORIENTALIS + CATS - LENTEN ROSE FRED AND ROSIE c. 1982-1989 Ex. Coll: In the collection of a well regarded woman collector, Southern England; by descent until 2021. Framed to museum conservation standards with Tru-Vue Museum Glass.
Elizabeth Blackadder is widely regarded as Scotland's most beloved woman artist of the last half of the 20th century and the first quarter of the 21st century. She was the recipient of a Carnegie Travelling Scholarship as an undergraduate by the Royal Scottish Academy in 1954 and another Travelling Scholarship from the Edinburgh College of Art as a post-graduate student the following year. In the early sixities, Blackadder was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolor and an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy. She also began a twenty-four year long appointment (1962-1986) as a full time lecturer at the Edinburgh College of Art. By the mid-sixties Blackadder began her long association with the Mercury Gallery where she had frequent solo exhibitions until 1998. The 1980's, when Blackadder painted this watercolor of her cats Rosie and Fred amongst Helleborus and Lenten Rose, her career was flourishing. She was traveling and exhibiting widely throughout the United Kingdom as well as in Australia, Germany, Japan and the United States. In 1982 the artist received the Order of the British Empire and by 2003 she was appointed a Dame of the British Empire. She was the first woman artists to become an Academician of the Royal Scottish Academy and London's Royal Academy. Blackadder had a life-long interest in flowers, plant and cats and she often married these interests in her striking watercolors. Rosie and Fred are muses in many of Blackadder's most successful works. Rosie, an Abyssinian cat, features in the famous Rosie, Coco and Orchids of 1984 and then again in a charming drawing from 1989. Fred, the black and white cat, has a starring role in many works including the famous Cats stamp series that Blackadder created for the Royal Mail in 1995. This watercolor is an iconic work by Blackadder. It illustrates why Blackadder's work captured the hearts of the Scots and so many others world-wide. Her ability to render flowers and cats and her remarkable technique as well as sense of composition are unique.