Emily Mary Osborn
British, 1828 - 1925
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Genre painter. Daughter of a London clergyman. Studied at Dickinson's Academy in Madox Street, first under John Mogford, later under JM Leigh. Exhibited at the Royal Academy (1851-93), BI, SS, GG, NG and elsewhere. Her pictures are mostly genre, sometimes historical, often of children. The theme of many of her pictures is the "damsel in distress". A typical example is Nameless and Friendless for which there is a preparatory drawing falsely signed Millais in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Biographical source: The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Christopher Wood, Antique Collectors' Club, 1971.
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