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.