Rosa Brett is one of a group of nineteenth-century women artists who is receiving increasing attention as contributors to the Pre-Raphaelites vision. She made the Kent landscape where she decided to settle the subject of her work. Bluebell Hill is some four miles north-east of the Brett home in Detling, near Maidstone, 'a prominent rise looking down over the Pilgrim's Way and Kit's Coty' . The signature is not in a familiar form, though neither is it in the usual form of her brother, who as Pamela Gerrish Nunn describes,' tended to make his first name clear in some way. Their writing is so like as to indistinguishable...the attribution is not watertight - but the family have always thought it to be by Rosa...it was John who had charge of Rosa's things after her death, so I think he could have made it clear what was his and what was hers, so I think the weight of possibility goes with the evidence to make the attribution to Rosa satisfactory'.
114mm x 180mm
Watercolour with touches of bodycolour, mounted onto thin card
Purchased through the Public Picture Gallery Fund, 2002.
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