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Marianne Stokes, 1855-1927

Nationality: Austrian
Date of Birth: 1855
Place of Birth: Gratz
Date of Death: 1927.08.13
Place of Death: London


Marianne Stokes, née Preindlsberger, was a genre and biblical painter. She married the English writer and painter Adrian Stokes.


Stokes studied under Wilhelm von Lindenschmidt in Munich. Her works included Angels Entertaining the Holy Child (1893; Private Collection). In 1887 she joined the New English Art Club, a group with which JW exhibited at their inaugural show in 1888. In 1887 she was also elected an associate member of the Society of Women Artists.

In 1889 Stokes was among those invited to a dinner organised by W. C. Symons to congratulate JW on becoming an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, a dinner which was to be held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889 (#00631).

In 1923 she became an associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours. She exhibited in London with these bodies as well as at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Fine Art Society, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery and Royal Society of British Artists, a society that appointed JW its President in 1886. She also showed at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery.


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