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Swynnerton was a maverick figure in the London exhibitions of the 1890s. She aimed at an art of serious meaning and visual richness which showed a woman's mind and eye at work. Her subjects, rendered robustly and vividly, engage the viewer directly. Her work has an immediacy that was thrilling to admirers and irksome to detractors, as both groups recognised Swynnerton's independence from artistic conventions.

February 2010