Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale (Biographical details)

Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale (printmaker; painter/draughtsman; British; Female; 1872 - 1945)

Also known as

Brickdale, Eleanor Fortescue


Painter, illustrator, glass painter and decorator, working in the style of the Pre-Raphaelites. Born in Upper Norwood, Surrey, daughter of a Lincoln's Inn barrister. Aged 17, studied at Crystal Palace School of Art and then at the Royal Academy Schools, winning a prize in 1887 for a mural decoration. Exhibited oil paintings at the Royal Academy 1899 - 1908. The Dowdeswell Gallery exhibited her watercolours, 1901, which were later shown at Leighton House. 1902, elected first female member of the Institute of Painters in Oils. Illustrated many books including, Tennyson's 'Idylls of the King's', 1911. She taught at Byam Shaw's School of Art in Kensington. During WWI she designed posters for government departments and later several commemorative stained glass windows and a memorial in York Minster. Elected member of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-colours, 1919. In 1920 had a one-woman exhibition at the Leicester Galleries. She lived in Holland Park and later in Shepherd's Bush, London. She ceased work in 1938 after a stroke. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery holds her work as does the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and the National Musem of Liverpool.


J. Marsh and P. Gerrish Nunn: 'Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists', 1997