Anne Redpath

First woman to become an Academician of the Royal Scottish Academy and an influential member of the Scottish art world.

Anne Redpath, In A Mirror
Anne Redpath, In A Mirror
Aged 18, Anne Redpath began her studies at Edinburgh College of Art under Robert Burns, Henry Lintott and D. M. Sutherland. After completing a postgraduate degree in 1919 she was awarded a scholarship which allowed her to travel to Brussels, Bruges, Paris, Florence and Siena.

This nurtured both her interest in 14th century Italian painting and her love of travel. Her trips abroad had a significant impact on her life and work, most notably in inspiring her to incorporate new colour palates into her paintings.


Moving into Edinburgh in 1949, Redpath spent many periods of her later life regularly travelling throughout Europe. The Royal Scottish Academy admitted her as an associate in the late 1940s and she became the first woman Academician in 1952. She was awarded an OBE in 1955 for her work as an artist and for her time spent as a, Member of the Board of Management of the Edinburgh College of Art.

Her work is still highly regarded today and can be seen at many galleries across the country, including as part of the Tate collection.  

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