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Cornish School artist Mary Beresford Williams

mary beresford williams bathers V

Mary Beresford Williams (b. 1931) Cornish School limited edition photo transparent screen print 19/75 entitled ‘Bathers V’ pencil signed, numbered and dated 1976 (approximate size including frame 35½” x 25½”)

As part of our monthly Antiques & Collectors Auction, Unique Auctions is delighted to announce that on the forthcoming auction on Sunday 27th October 2019 that is has a collection of artwork from the Cornish School artist Mary Beresford Williams. All the screen prints are produced by Mary and cover a variety of subjects. There are several portfolios of her work as well as a number of individual items.

Biography

Mary Beresford Williams (b.1931) was born in London in 1931 and went on to study, firstly, at Watford Grammar School for Girls (1939-1949) obtaining A levels in Art, French and Geography. She then acquired a place at the University Of Reading (1949-1954) where she obtained a B.A. Honours degree in Fine Art Class 1 Drawing & Painting.

mary beresford williams The Luggage Rack

Mary Beresford Williams (b. 1931) Cornish School limited edition screen print 12/20 entitled ‘The Luggage Rack’ signed, titled and dated 1975 in pencil (approximate size including frame 33” x 28¼”)

Mary is listed within the Cornish Artist’s index, as well as Artprice, and has been a member of the Newlyn Society of Artist’s (N.S.A.) since at least 1978 according to their records. Mary has also been involved in several book publications including illustrating Hurrah for Hazeldown in 1983 and a portrait of TSW (Television South West) which was a limited edition book of her photographic work circa 1980. During preparation for the Hardie-edited volume Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (2009), Mary kindly donated her own collection of exhibition catalogues, cuttings and launch invitations to the West Cornwall Arts Archive (W.C.A.A.)

mary beresford williams The Guitar

Mary Beresford Williams (b. 1931) Cornish School limited edition screen print 9/75 entitled ‘The Guitar’ signed, titled and dated 1976 in pencil (approximate size including frame 29¾” x 23¼”)

Mary exhibited many times including Royal Albert Museum Exeter (solo 1974), Top Ten (1978), South West Arts Major Award in Fine Art, Newlyn Art Gallery (N.A.G.) in Pont Aven (1977), Mixed Shows, Art Share (1988). She also exhibited in France during the 1970s/80s with the N.S.A.

It is also noted that Mary travelled extensively by yacht throughout The Bahamas and South America.

mary beresford williams Bathers I

Mary Beresford Williams (b. 1931) Cornish School limited edition photo transparent screen print 15/25 entitled ‘Bathers I’ signed, titled and dated 1973 in pencil (approximate size including frame 30” x 24½”)

As well as painting, Mary’s other artistic skills include photography and print making. She uses her photography as part of the process for producing her digital prints in small editions. This method of production means that each print is individually produced by Mary and calls for her artistic judgement at every stage and, therefore, unique. Her screen prints, which she perfected and produced for over 20 years, have an almost photo transparent appearance. This is typical of her unique style and was produced in small limited editions.

mary beresford williams Radnor Farmer

Mary Beresford Williams (b. 1931) Cornish School limited edition artists proof screen print entitled ‘Radnor Farmer’’ signed, titled and dated 1973 in pencil (approximate size including frame 31½” x 24¾”)

Mary is currently believed to be living in a retirement home within the Devon area.

mary beresford williams Riders on the Shore

Mary Beresford Williams (b. 1931) Cornish School limited edition photo transparent screen print 8/20 entitled ‘Rider’s On The Shore’ signed, titled and dated 1975 in pencil (approximate size including frame 29½” x 26¾”)

 
 

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