Emily Murray PATERSON


The daughter of a solicitor, Emily Paterson was born in Edinburgh in 1855 and studied at the Edinburgh College of Art, as well as in Paris.  She lived at Albyn Place, Edinburgh before moving to London in 1917, having travelled widely between 1909-1934, visiting the Netherlands and Italy on a number of occasions.

Her favoured subjects were landscapes, architecture and botany. She was elected member of the Royal Scottish Watercolour Society, Scottish Artists' Society and the Society of Women Artists.

Emily had a special affection for the west country and loved painting the sea. She worked in Polperro in c.1932. An exhibition review described her pictures of Polperro as 'delicate, sensitive studies, in which the subtle greens, greys and blues of evening and of dull mornings are seen and successfully reproduced, sometimes in a manner which suggests the work of Whistler.'

Just before her death she was elected to STISA. Emily died in London on the 23rd July, 1934 - a memorial exhibition was held at Walker's Gallery, London later the same year. The painting St Ives (undated) was sold at Christies, London, South Kensington on 27 January 1999.


Painter of landscapes, architecture and botany

works and access

Works Include: St Ives;  The Giudecca, Venice (1909); The Church, Dordrecht (1910 ); Ponte del Canonica, Venice (1911); Noon: St Mark's (1911); Edge of the Wood (1913); The Green Ship, Venice (1913 ); In Picardy (1914); San Gregorio, Venice (1914 ); Wengen: Winter (1916); Winter: Hyde Park (1916); Bernese Oberland (1918 ); The Windmill on the Maas, Dordrecht  (1926); A Bouquet (1927); A Bouquet of Flowers (1928 ); Begonias (1929); Roses (1930); The Church, Dordrecht (1934); The Gulls, Polperro

Access to Works: Manchester Art Gallery; Brighton Museum & Art Gallery; McLean Museum and Art Gallery; Ulster Museum


RA (17) 1909-1934; Walker's Gallery, London (1934 Memorial exhibition)


Royal Scottish Watercolour Society; Scottish Artists Society; Society of Women Artists


Desmond & Ellwood Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists

Dunford (1990) A Biographical Dictionary of Women Artists in Europe and America Since 1850

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn & West Cornwall p339

Royal Academy of Art (1939) Catalogue of the Exhibition of Scottish Art: 1939

Tovey, David (2021) Polperro - Cornwall's Forgotten Art Centre - Volume Two - Post-1920, Wilson Books

christies.com; invaluable.com; wikipedia.org