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The British painter Lady Butler was born as Elizabeth Southerden Thompson in Switzerland. However, she spent most of her childhood in Italy, where she probably began her artistic education at the age of 16. About four years later the family moved to London, where she studied at the Female School of Art. There she met the critic John Ruskin and the painter Sir John Everett Millais, among others. Ruskin was an admirer of her work. Butler had forced him to admit that women could also paint. After three years Lady Butler returned to Italy with her family and they settled in Florence. She was accepted at the Accademia de Belle Arti and worked under the guidance of the Italian artist Guiseppe Bellucci.

Butler painted mainly religious motifs at the beginning of her career. This changed in the 1970s when she moved to Paris. She got to know the works of the military artists of Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier and Jean Baptiste Edouard Detaille. Although she herself had no connection to the military at that time, her fascination with this subject began. She felt that this genre was underrepresented in her home country Great Britain. From then on she painted almost exclusively military scenes. But unlike other artists, Butler did not concentrate on the depiction of battle scenes or the heroics of individual officers. Her works were more about the simple soldiers, their courage but also their exhaustion and despair. Often the men could be seen either just before the beginning or at the end of a battle. Butler avoided direct battle scenes in her paintings for the most part, as well as the depiction of enemy soldiers. This hit the nerve of the time and was entirely in keeping with the taste of the burgeoning patriotism in the British Empire. The enthusiasm for her paintings was partly due to her talent and the new way she portrayed them. But the fact that she was a young and attractive woman also played an important role. For she did not at all correspond to the typical image of a military painter of that time.

Some of her most famous works "Missing" or "The Roll Call" were exhibited at the Royal Academy. However, she was not accepted as the first female associate member of the Royal Academy, apart from the two co-founders Mary Moser and Angelica Kauffmann. At the age of 31 she married the distinguished Lieutenant General Sir William Francis Butler and was given the name Lady Butler, Elizabeth Southerden. She accompanied her husband to Egypt and Palestine, where she continued to paint and write a book. The couple had six children. When her husband retired from military service, the family moved to Ireland. Lady Butler continued to paint military scenes until the end of her life, although, influenced by her husband, she began to doubt the ideology of the colonial empire. © Meisterdrucke




Lady Butler
Quatre-Bras 1815, 1875
1875 | Oil on canvas

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Quatre-Bras 1815, 1875
1875 | Oil on canvas

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Lady Butler
 
Undated | colour lithograph

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Lady Butler
 
Undated | colour lithograph

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Lady Butler
'Listed for the Connaught Ranger...
1878 | Oil on canvas

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'Listed for the Connaught Ranger...
1878 | Oil on canvas

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Lady Butler
 
Undated | Oil on cardboard

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Lady Butler
A 'Lament' in the Desert, 1925
1925 | Oil on canvas

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A 'Lament' in the Desert, 1925
1925 | Oil on canvas

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Lady Butler
Floreat Etona!, 1882
1882 | oil on canvas

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Floreat Etona!, 1882
1882 | oil on canvas

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Lady Butler
 
1923 | Oil on canvas

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Lady Butler
 
Undated | engraving

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Lady Butler
Two soldiers firing downwards ov...
1878 |

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Lady Butler
 
1881 | Oil on canvas

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Lady Butler
Quatre-Bras 1815, engraved by F....
1879 | engraving

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Quatre-Bras 1815, engraved by F....
1879 | engraving

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Lady Butler
 
1927 | Oil on canvas

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Lady Butler
"Searching carriages at the city...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Study of landscape with trees an...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Rorke?s Drift, 1879
1878 |

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Rorke?s Drift, 1879
1878 |

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Lady Butler
Eight studies of standing soldie...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Studies of men and women "On the...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Study of a table leg, architectu...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Study for 'Dawn of Waterloo', 1893
1893 | Brush on paper

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Study for 'Dawn of Waterloo', 1893
1893 | Brush on paper

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Lady Butler
Study of the Battle of Waterloo,...
1880 | pen and ink on paper

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Study of the Battle of Waterloo,...
1880 | pen and ink on paper

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Lady Butler
"English Peasant", "a Genoese Pe...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
 
Undated | photomechanical print

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Lady Butler
Possible studies for 'Dawn of Wa...
1893 | penicl on paper

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Possible studies for 'Dawn of Wa...
1893 | penicl on paper

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Lady Butler
Study for 'Dawn of Waterloo', 1893
1893 | Brush on paper

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Study for 'Dawn of Waterloo', 1893
1893 | Brush on paper

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Lady Butler
Life at Shepheard's Hotel
Undated | colour lithograph

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Life at Shepheard's Hotel
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Lady Butler
The English General's Syces
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The English General's Syces
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Lady Butler
Study of artists materials, butt...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Two studies of rocky island, stu...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Six studies of soldiers, one on ...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Studies of "a London cab driver"...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Study of a cafe scene with soldi...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Study of two horses in landscape...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Study for 'Dawn of Waterloo', 1893
1893 | Brush on paper

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Study for 'Dawn of Waterloo', 1893
1893 | Brush on paper

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Lady Butler
Soldier in full uniform, studies...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
A garden and laundry scene with ...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Possible study for 'Dawn of Wate...
1893 | Brush on paper

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Possible study for 'Dawn of Wate...
1893 | Brush on paper

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Lady Butler
Eight studies of soldiers, inclu...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Study for 'Dawn of Waterloo', 1893
1893 | Brush on paper

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Study for 'Dawn of Waterloo', 1893
1893 | Brush on paper

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Lady Butler
Study of soldiers on horses insc...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Four battalion scenes inscribed ...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Studies of soldiers inscribed "I...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Two architectural studies of mon...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
"On the Parade, a windy Day", bo...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
"Changing horses by night", "goi...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Multi-figure reception scene "at...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Study of "the Guards", two studi...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Study of a "Genoese Villa", a ma...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Three studies of soldiers on hor...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Twelve pen studies inscribed "Vo...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Studies of eight soldiers inscri...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
?German Band on the Parade", stu...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
?Jenkins? kneeling to fire, 1879
1878 |

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?Jenkins? kneeling to fire, 1879
1878 |

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Lady Butler
Studies of children, a sailor in...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Two soldiers on horseback inscri...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Horses pulling a carriage throug...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Scotland for Ever, illustration ...
Undated | colour lithograph

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Scotland for Ever, illustration ...
0 | colour lithograph

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Lady Butler
"A palm grove at San Remo", a ho...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Study of a monastic "Procession"...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Three soldiers playing cards, tw...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Three figures in a rowing boat i...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Water fountain in foliage, study...
1860 |

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Lady Butler
Study of "the Orange growers of ...
1860 |

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