Noel Laura Nisbet (1887-1956)
|Artist Name||Noel Laura Nisbet (1887-1956)|
|Title||the Birth of Summer|
|Description||This stunning British figurative oil/tempera painting is by noted female artist Noel Laura Nisbet. Whilst studying at the Royal College of Art she was the winner of the Princess of Wales’ Scholarship, established in 1863 to reward the most distinguished female art student in the United Kingdom. The painting is entitled The Birth of Summer and painted in 1941, so during WW2. This vibrant and energetic painting depicts a group of women in an orchard, delivering a baby to a young woman. Immediately over head a stork holds infants from its beak and on its back whilst more infants perch on a tangle of rooftop nests. The grass is bedecked with golden dandelions and the women are all in colourful rustic clothing. The significance of the date, 1941, and the symbolism in this painting cannot be understated. Instead of bombs, babies are dropping from the sky and being delivered by a harmless low flying stork. The Birth of Summer is an excellent example of Nisbet's work and a wonderful counterpoint to the blitz with a British Modernistic nod to the religious Madonna and Child paintings of the Italian Renaissance .
Signed and dated 1941 lower right.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||20 x 24 inches|
|Frame||Housed a fine silver leaf frame, 32 inches by 28 inches framed and in excellent condition.|
|Biography||Noel Laura Nisbet (1887-1956) was a painter and illustrator, whose work is often often highly decorative. Nisbet was born at Harrow, Middlesex and lived in London and Berkshire. Nisbet was the daughter of the painter and writer Hume Nisbet, and she married the artist Harry Bush. Nisbet studied at Royal College of Art, where she won three gold medals and the Princess of Wales’ Scholarship, established in 1863 to reward the most distinguished female art student in the United Kingdom. She exhibited 25 paintings at the Royal Academy London, 63 at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, 13 at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters,10 at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool as well as in the provinces and abroad. Newport Museum and Art Gallery holds her work. She also illustrated a number of books, including several of Russian fairy tales.