Teresa Clarke 1886–1988 RBSA

Teresa Clarke 1886–1988
Portrait of a lady
Oil on canvas, 1920/30s, 13 x 10″, signed verso

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The Society’s first female Member, Lady Teresa Clarke was exhibited in A Place For Art: The Story of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
As the first woman to be admitted to the RBSA, Teresa Clarke played an important role in the Society. She first exhibited in 1926 after becoming a subscriber, and was elected as a Member in 1952, the same year that Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne. Several other women artists were waiting to achieve acceptance as members at the time, and Teresa was the first to make it through.