Gabain, Ethel Leontine (1883–1950)

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Gabain, Ethel Leontine (1883–1950)

English artist. Name variations: Ethel Copley. Born in 1883 in Le Havre, France; died Jan 30, 1950 in London, England; attended Slade School of Art and Central School of Arts and Crafts and finished studies in Paris; m. John Copley (painter, etcher), 1913.

Portrait painter, won the DeLaszlo Silver Medal for her painting of Flora Robson in the role of Lady Audley (1933); during WWII (1940), was commissioned to create a series of lithographs dealing with the evacuation of children resulting in The Evacuation of Children from Southend, Sunday 2nd July (Imperial War Museum); among a small core of women war artists whose paintings were concerned primarily with the home front, also painted women in traditionally male occupations such as Building a Beaufort Bomber; elected to both Royal Society of Brittish Artists and Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

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