Mary Rose Hill Burton
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Mary Rose Hill Burton 1857-1900
Mary Rose was educated with support from the Edinburgh Association for the University Education of Women, and pursued further art studies in Munich and Paris, under the instruction of Gustave Courtois and Raphael Collins, among others.
Mary Rose Hill Burton’s paintings (still lifes, landscapes, and street scenes) were exhibited through the Royal Scottish Academy and the Society of Scottish Artists. She was a founder of the Edinburgh Lady Artists’ Club (1889). In 1895 and 1896, she had two solo exhibitions in London, to showcase works from her travels in Japan, painted while visiting her older brother W. K. Burton.Burton painted murals as well, most notably a series of panels depicting the seasons, in the dining room of St. Giles’ House, Ramsay Garden, the property of sociologist Patrick Geddes.”Miss Hill Burton may be heartily congratulated upon the complete success of her undertaking,” noted a contemporary critic of the mural. She also taught a course in “Painting and Decoration” at the Old Edinburgh School of Art.
Mary Rose Hill Burton was active in the unsuccessful resistance against the North British Aluminium Company’s plans to locate a smelting plant at the scenic Falls of Foyers, near her residence in the Highlands. She made many drawings and paintings of the Falls before the plant was built, to capture the landscape before it was lost.