- Oil on canvas
- Presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1932
- 2050 x 1500 x 90mm
Made early in her impressive career, Henrietta Rae’s Doubts reached Christchurch twenty years after it was painted, and was promptly purchased by the Canterbury Society of Arts. Rae was a painter of early promise and determination, and in her teens was the first female to study at the Heatherley School of Art in London. In 1885, she raised fleeting controversy at the Royal Academy’s summer show as the first woman to exhibit paintings featuring nudes. Retaining her name after marriage and motherhood, she built her reputation with work that was mainly classically inspired and allegorical. She was a supporter of women’s suffrage and organised the women only Victorian Era Exhibition in 1897, coinciding with Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
Ship Nails and Tail Feathers, 10 June – 22 October 2023