June 2019

Lady Butler - Battle Artist

Welcome to The Arts Society Knole
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 13:45
St Nicholas Church
Rectory Lane Sevenoaks TN13 1JA

Elizabeth Thompson painted battle scenes from Waterloo to Afghanistan and WW1. 

Elizabeth Thompson was born in 1846 and was brought up in Italy and England.  She attended the Female School of Art in South Kensington.  In 1874 this genteel Victorian lady sent a painting of the Crimean War to the RA where it was an outstanding success.  From then on she almost exclusively painted battle scenes from Waterloo to Afghanistan and WW1.  In 1877 Elizabeth married Major William Butler whose career culminated in a knighthood and the rank of General.  She accompanied her husband to Egypt and South Africa and continued to paint until her death in 1933.


Mrs Felicity Herring

MA degree in Fine Art Valuation and BA in History and Economics. Experienced cruise lecturer and lecturer to National Trust, Rotary, yacht clubs, public school sixth forms and retirement groups such as U3A and ProBus. Member of the Nelson Society and 1805 Club. Programme Secretary of Blackmore Vale for four years and formerly committee member of Wimborne.