Mary Gow

1851–1929

Biography

Mary Lightbody Gow (London 25 December 1851 – 27 May 1929 London) was an English watercolour painter.

She was the daughter of James Gow (fl. 1852–85), who painted genre and historical subjects, and sister of artist Andrew Carrick Gow (1848–1920). She painted mostly figures and genre in watercolours, especially young girls.

She studied at Heatherley’s School, and exhibited widely, principally at the Royal Society of British Artists, where she sent eighteen works between 1869 and 1880. She also exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1873, and at the New Gallery and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. She was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour from 1875 until her resignation in 1903. Her painting, Marie-Antoinette, was purchased under the Chantrey bequest in 1908. Her husband was the genre painter Sydney Prior Hall (1842–1922) whom she married in 1907. Her work Mother and Child was included in the book Women Painters of the World. She was made a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1875.

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