Fairies in Art
Artists have been fascinated by fairies for centuries. The Golden Age of Fairy Painting began after books such as the fairy tales edited by the Brothers Grimm, Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders by Sir Walter Scott and revivals of the plays of William Shakespeare were published. William Blake made a series of watercolours in the early 1790's. By the mid 1800's a tradition developed among British and Scottish Painters that continues today all over the world.
Born Mary Elizabeth Brett in Surrey, her mother was noted
animal painter, Mary Gould Brett. She studied art at the Press
Art School under P V Bradshaw and latter attended classes at
the Guildford Art School under Victor Bernand. Molly Brett
started her career illustrating first children’s’ weekly papers
and annuals, including various illustrations of books by
She worked with The Medici Society, and her
work has been produced as greetings cards, postcards, and
children’s’ book illustrations. She also wrote several children’s
books and featured in many radio and television programmes.
She was a member of the Guildford Art Society from 1947.
Edward Robert Hughes
Hughes was a nephew of Arthur Hughes and a studio assistant to William Holman Hunt. He helped Hunt with some of his later work, including the St Paul's version of The Light of the World.
Hughes began his career among the Pre-Raphaelites, and like Edward Burne-Jones with whom he was acquainted, he inclined towards Symbolism. However, the majority of Hughes' work, carried out mainly in watercolour/gouache, displays the meticulous observation of nature and minute technique associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
Florence Mary Anderson
Worked as Florence Anderson until about 1920 when
she reverted to her maiden name Molly MacArthur.
She produced only one set of cards for Mansell but
illustrated many children's books before turning her
talents to designing theatre sets.
Between 1910 and 1936 she lived in a place called the
Strand in Chiswick. This area attracted several artists and
writers, who formed an artistic community.