Inspired by Ruskin's Modern Painters, Blunden abandoned her career as a governess in order to become an artist. She exhibited from 1853, attracting Ruskin's attention in 1859 when she exhibited God's Gothic and Past and Present at the RA. The work that merits her inclusion in the Cornwall Artists Index was painted in watercolour at Lizard Point in 1862. Nothing is currently known about this visit.
Encouraged by Ruskin, she visited and worked in Italy from 1867 to 1872. Blunden (or Mrs Martino) married her late sister's husband in Germany, then settled near Birmingham and exhibited there until her death.
A recent correspondent (May 2011) reports a watercolour painting of 'Mullion Island from Polurrian [sic] Cove' dated 1900, which was inherited from a family who lived in the same street as Mrs Martino (Anna B) in the Birmingham area. This may indicate further visit(s) to Cornwall for painting opportunities.
In 1900 at the Autumn exhibition of the RBSA, Anna Blunden Martino (as signed) hung A Cornish Cathedral: Symphony of Evensong, which was to be sold at £25.
C Wood comments that A W Hunt, Holman Hunt and David Roberts all admired her works.
Painter in watercolours and oils
works and access
Works include: The Lizard Point, Cornwall (1862)
Access to work: Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
misc further info
E-mail correspondence in file.