The Gossips

The Gossips

Violet Brunton RMS, 1878-1951

c. 1926

Watercolour and pencil

21.50 x 14.00cm (8.46 x 5.51 inches)

Signed with the artist's nom-de-plume

Violet Brunton, who sometimes signed with the pseudonym “Victor du Lac,” was born in Brighouse, Yorkshire and studied at Southport and the Liverpool School of Art, where she studied woodcarving, miniature painting and book illustration. Her work won the County Palatine Scholarship and she was subsequently offered a place at the Royal College of Art in London. Primarily a painter of miniatures and a sculptor, Bruton also worked as an whimsical and highly decorative illustrator. She was elected a member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters in 1925.

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