Introduction

Leicester born artist Mary Annie Sloane ARE (1867-1961) was one of Leicestershire’s most distinguished artists, working across both the 19th and 20th centuries.

Mary A Sloane, taken in 1891 or 1892. By H. Steele and Co.

Mary A Sloane, taken in 1891 or 1892. By H. Steele and Co.

The exhibition held at the New Walk Museum in 2016, reintroduced Mary Sloane to a new audience, bringing together many previously unseen artworks from private family collections, including oils, watercolours, prints and drawings from her early Leicester period to later life in London, when she became an Associate of the Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers in 1912.

Born in 1867 to wealthy parents with a liberal outlook, Mary was encouraged in her artistic path from an early age, attending the Belmont House School and the Leicester School of Art, before moving to London in 1887. She attended Herkomer’s School in Bushey, Herts; later joining Sir Frank Short’s etching class at the Royal College of Art, London.

A colour illustrated booklet on Mary Sloane, featuring a number of works in the exhibition, written by local historian Shirley Aucott is available from the New Walk Museum shop, priced £5.00. (Shop tel: 0116 225 4920)

Leicester Arts and Museums Service acknowledges the generous support of lenders both public and private, who have enabled this exhibition to take place.