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Backhouse [née Holden], Margaret (bap. 1818, d. 1896), portrait and genre painter, one of several children of the Revd Henry Augustus Holden (1785–1870) and his wife, Mary Willetts (1790/91–1869), was born at Summer Hill, near Birmingham, and baptized on 28 September 1818 at ...

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Boyce [married name Wells], Joanna Mary (1831–1861), genre painter, daughter of George John Boyce (d. 1853) and his wife, Anne Price, and younger sister of the watercolourist George Price Boyce (1826–1897), was born in Gray's Inn Terrace, Bloomsbury, London, on 7 December 1831. ...

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Elizabeth Southerden Butler, Lady Butler (1846–1933) self-portrait, 1869 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Butler [née Thompson], Elizabeth Southerden, Lady Butler (1846–1933), military painter, was born on 3 November 1846 at Villa Claremont, Lausanne, Switzerland, the elder daughter of Thomas James Thompson (1812–1881) and his second wife, Christiana Weller (1825–1910). Unusually, her education and that of her sister, the poet and essayist ...

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Margaret Sarah Carpenter (1793–1872) self-portrait, 1817 © Copyright The British Museum

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Carpenter [née Geddes], Margaret Sarah (1793–1872), portrait and genre painter, was born on 1 February 1793 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, where she was baptized at St Thomas's Church on 7 June 1793, the second of six children of Alexander Geddes (1763–1843), retired army officer, and his wife, ...

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Merritt, Anna Massey Lea (1844–1930), figure painter and etcher, was born on 13 September 1844 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Joseph Lea jun., a textile manufacturer, and Susanna Massey. They were a prominent and affluent Quaker family, and Anna was the eldest of six sisters. She was educated at the progressive ...

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Osborn, Emily Mary (1828–1925), genre and portrait painter, was born in Kentish Town, London, and was baptized on 19 March 1828 at Old Church, St Pancras, the eldest of the nine children of the Revd Edward Osborn (c.1794–1859), clergyman, and his wife, ...

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Rolinda Sharples (1793–1838) self-portrait, c. 1816 [Sharples family [left to right]: and Ellen Sharples (1769-1849)] City Art Gallery, Bristol / Bridgeman Art Library

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Sharples, Rolinda (1793–1838), portrait and genre painter, was born on 3 September 1793, probably in Bath, the second child and only daughter of James Sharples (1751/2–1811) and of his third wife, Ellen Sharples [née Wallace] (1769–1849). Both Rolinda's parents were professional artists, ...

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Henrietta Mary Ada Ward (1832–1924) by John & Charles Watkins, c. 1857–76 © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer Prudence Cuming Associates Limited

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Ward, Henrietta Mary Ada (1832–1924), historical genre painter, was born on 1 June 1832 at 6 Newman Street, London, the only child of artists George Raphael Ward (1799–1878) [see under Ward, James] and his wife, Mary Webb, and granddaughter of the painter ...