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Exhibition: Mary Charlotte Greene – Streets, Inns, Yards and Courts of Cambridge, 1894 – 1950
30 March 2018 - 30 April 2018
“Cambridge had called me to it and I love the place”
Born in 1860 in Takeley, Essex, Mary Charlotte Greene had a passion for painting from a young age. She studied at the Colarossi Academy in Paris, while staying with her sister Helen, before training at the Royal Academy in London.
Her initial dismay at a family decision to live in Harston, Cambridgeshire, grew into a love of the village, the surrounding countryside and the nearby town of Cambridge. Working from a studio in a side road off St Andrew’s Street, she became a prominent member of the Cambridge Drawing Society and served as its President from 1926-29.
Her early work captures many of the streetscapes, buildings, inns, yards, and courts of Cambridge that were demolished during the growth and modernisation of the town in the early part of the last century.
Read more about Mary Charlotte Greene and how she influenced the artist and wood engraver Gwen Raverat on our blog pages for April.
Join us in the Dining Parlour at our Museum from 30 March to view drawings, watercolours, oil paintings and prints from our Mary Charlotte Greene Collection and explore her unique record of the history and development of our city.
This exhibition is part of Capturing Cambridge, a project funded by Cambridge City Council.