Artist biography

Maude Boughton LEIGH c. 1881–1945

Amateur painter of portraits, figure subjects and animals. Daughter of Edward Ward-Boughton-Leigh of Brownsover Hall, Warwickshire. Studied at the Slade School 1894–1901 and later at the Atelier Cormon in Paris; met Gwen John and became very friendly with her. Suffered bad health in her latter years and was unable to do much painting. Generally known as Grilda, she and her sister Ellen (Chloë) had a bungalow on Canvey Island, where a number of her paintings and drawings were found after her death, together with the portrait of Chloë by Gwen John, now at Leeds. Died 20 June 1945.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I