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Emily Beatrice Bland NEAC (1867-1954)

Emily Beatrice Bland, NEAC (1864-1951), sometimes known as Beatrice Bland

Emily Beatrice Bland was a prolific painter in oils who specialised in fresh, light-toned landscapes and floral still lifes, in the tradition of English Impressionism.

Emily Beatrice Bland was born in Coleby, Lincolnshire, on 11 May 1864, the only daughter and second child of George Bland, a gentleman farmer and land agent, and his wife, Mary (née Hinchliff). Little is known about her early life, but the family lived for a time in Coleby Hall, a Jacobean Manor house in the Lincolnshire village where her father employed 16 men and 10 boys.

Bland attended Lincoln School of Art before moving to London to study at the Slade School of Fine Art between 1892 and 1894 under the formidable Henry Tonks and Frederick Brown. It seems likely that she had moved to London earlier, as she exhibited her first painting,
Chrysanthemums at the Royal Academy in 1890, when she was listed as living at 27 Harewood Square, NW.

Bland’s success as an artist is reflected in her prolific exhibiting career. She showed work at the Royal Academy of Arts annually between 1906 and 1950, as well as in 1890 and 1898, by which time she was living at Glebe Place, Chelsea, a street which has since become synonymous with its artistic residents. She first exhibited at the New English Art Club in 1897 and was elected a member in 1926.

Though her preferred subject appears to have been floral still life, Bland is also remembered for her wide-ranging landscape painting inspired by her travels on the south coasts of England and France, and across Europe.

Bland moved in literary as well as artistic circles.

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