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Norah Neilson Gray (1882-1931)

Norah Neilson Gray attended the Glasgow School of Art (1901–

06) under Fra Newbery (1855–1946), who sought to promote

women’s inclusion in art and academia. Indeed, Gray became a

member of the Glasgow Girls whilst studying and returned to

teach at the school soon after leaving.

By 1910 she had her own studio and held her first solo

show at the Warneuke’s Gallery, Glasgow. She also exhibited at

the RSA, Glasgow Society of Lady Artists and the Paris Salon,

and illustrated an edition of Intimations of Immortality from

Recollections of Early Childhood by William Wordsworth (1913).

After volunteering as a nurse during WWI, she was

commissioned to paint the Scottish Women’s Hospital at

Royaumont Abbey. In 1921, she became the first woman to be

appointed to the Hanging Committee of the RGI and was also

awarded a bronze medal by the Société des Artistes Français for

her painting The Refugee.

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