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This exhibition celebrates the life and career of pioneering Edinburgh-born painter Mary Cameron, featuring over 40 rarely seen works.

Mary Cameron (1865-1921) was ahead of her time. Born in Edinburgh, she began her artistic career as a portraitist and genre painter before venturing abroad to study in Paris.

Foreign travel proved to be an enduring source of inspiration. In 1900 she visited Madrid for the first time, and became captivated by the Spanish culture, people and scenery. Establishing studios in Madrid and Seville, she painted large-scale compositions of traditional peasant life, dramatic bullfights and rural landscapes.

Cameron exhibited widely during her lifetime, and her talents were admired by contemporaries such as John Lavery and Alexander Roche. However, like so many female artists of her generation, her name is now little known. This exhibition places this forgotten artist back in the spotlight. It explores the fascinating story of Cameron’s life and career, charting her creative journey from elegant family portraits to breathtaking Spanish scenes.

Over 40 rarely seen works from public and private collections are complemented by historic photographs and archival material.

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