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Elizabeth Butler - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Elizabeth Butler (1846 - 1933)

Elizabeth Butler’s career as a painter reached its height in the 1870’s. Her military scenes were popular because of their underlying patriotism. Her best-known work is the painting titled Scotland for Ever! Which depicted the charge of the Royal Scots Greys at the Battle of Waterloo. She continued to paint for the remainder of her life, her final works based on the events of World War I. She was widowed in 1910, but continued to live at Bansha until 1922, when she took up residence with the youngest of her six children, Eileen, Viscountess Gormanston, at Gormanston Castle, County Meath. She died there shortly before her 87th birthday and was interred at nearby Stamullen graveyard. Butler also did some black and white illustration, including of poems by her sister, Alice Meynell, and of works by Thackeray.

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