Anne Estelle RICE

Anne Estelle RICE
Mrs Drey

Born in Conshohocken, near Philadelphia, USA, the artist studied at Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. In Paris, she took a studio and was elected Societaire of the Salon d'Automne. She had a solo show at the Baillie Gallery, London (1910), and exhibited there regularly thereafter. In 1911 her work was part of a show by the Women's International Art Club at the Grafton Galleries, causing Huntley Carter to remark in the pages of The New Age: "The fierceness of this canvas haunts one. It is impossible to forget it" (Vol. 8, p. 474).

In 1911-13 she was associated with the production of John Middleton Murray and Michael Sadler's magazine Rhythm, of which John Duncan Fergusson was the art editor. She was associated with Fergusson himself from 1904-1914, and he painted a portrait of her. She married Oscar Raymond Drey, the art and theatre critic and brother to St Ives artist Agnes E DREY, and was friendly with Murray's wife, Katherine Mansfield. Her portrait of Mansfield, which was painted in Looe, Cornwall, is in the collection of The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Rice and Mansfield stayed together in St Ives in 1918.


Painter of landscape, coastal scenes, portraits and figure subjects

works and access

Likenesses of the artist: Portrait of Rice by JD Fergusson

Works include: portrait of Katherine MansfieldParis Street Nude; Boats Beached, Boats Tied


Paris; GOU; LS; M; Baillie Gallery, London 1910 (Solo show); Grafton Galleries 1911 (part of a show by the Women's International Art Club)



misc further info



Gaze (1997) Dictionary of Women Artists

Hardie (2009) Artists/Newlyn & West Cornwall p342

 The Modernist Journals Project;

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash;