With the help of a family researcher we have been able to identify the Welsh-born painter Edith Richards, as the same artist who spent some years between 1910 and 1921 in Cornwall. We were able to do this through the sending-in addresses given for Edith in the broken run of The Year's Art held by the WCAA compared with known family addresses in the Richards family.
The daughter of David Richards, a hatmaker and hosier, and his wife Margaret, the impression is that she received early art training in Cardiff, remaining there living with her family (No 1, St Andrews Rest,) until at least 1891 (Census) and may have trained in London later on. The first sending-in address for her was from Epsom, Surrey (family), where relatives lived, and the painting was sent to Liverpool. This was to become a major exhibition site for her work over the years.
Edith was born in Cardiff, and is listed in the known index of Welsh painters/artists, but with no specific information as yet. Recorded addresses for this artist include Cardiff (with her family) when she was employed as an art teacher, Epsom, Surrey (1909), Edgbaston (1910), Penzance (1910 - 1921) and London (1924). She exhibited at NAG (untitled) in the summer exhibition of 1921, with her address given as 'Porth Enys, Penzance' for several years running.
She died in Islington, London in 1955, at 87 years old.
Painter of landscapes
works and access
NAG Summer 1921; B; Goupil; L (15); RCA; SWA
misc further info
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall
J Johnson & A Greutzner (2008) British Artists, 1880-1940
NAG exhibition records (WCAA)
The Year's Art;