Edith Martineau (19 June 1842 – 19 February 1909)[1] was a British watercolour painter.

Edith Martineau
Born(1842-06-19)June 19, 1842
Liverpool, United Kingdom
DiedFebruary 19, 1909(1909-02-19) (aged 66)
London, United Kingdom
EducationLiverpool School of Art
Known forPainting
Potato Harvest, 1888

Martineau was born in Liverpool as the daughter of Dr. James Martineau, an eminent Unitarian minister. She was trained first at the Liverpool School of Art but moved with her family to London, where she began following classes at Leigh's School of Art.[2] She submitted her work to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1862.[2] She remained true to watercolour painting and was a member of various societies of watercolour artists, and in 1888, Martineau was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours.

Martineau exhibited her work at the Palace of Fine Arts at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.[3]

Her 1888 painting Potato Harvest was included in the 1905 book Women Painters of the World.[4] Martineau died in Hampstead, aged 66.


  1. ^ "Edith Martineau, ARWS (1842-1909)". Chris Beetles Gallery. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Huneault, Kristina (2004). "Martineau, Edith (1842–1909)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/55955.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Nichols, K. L. "Women's Art at the World's Columbian Fair & Exposition, Chicago 1893". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  4. ^ Women painters of the world, from the time of Caterina Vigri, 1413-1463, to Rosa Bonheur and the present day, by Walter Shaw Sparrow, The Art and Life Library, Hodder & Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, London, 1905

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