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Europeans & Americans Abroad; Philadelphia Collection 73; September 2004
 
 
painting
 
Flora MacDonald Reid
(Scottish, active 1879–1938)
Mother and Child, 1888
Oil on canvas, 12 3/4 × 16 1/4 inches
Signed and dated at lower left: “F [illegible] REID. 1888”


Flora MacDonald Reid was born in London of Scottish parents. She studied painting with her brother, John Robertson Reid (1851–1926) and at the Edinburgh School of Art. She traveled extensively in northern Europe and exhibited at the Glasgow Institute (1879–1938), the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, and the Exposition Universelle in Paris, where she won a gold medal in 1900.

This mother and child are typical of the agrarian subjects Reid painted in Scotland and the north of France. Her subjects were similar to those painted by her brother; unlike him, Reid lightened her palette considerably later in her career, and a bluish cast to her colors has been noted, as is evident in this painting.



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