Kathleen Marion BRADSHAW

Mrs Kathleen Marion BRADSHAW

Born in Rhodesia, the daughter of a big game hunter, she was sent back to England after his death and put into the care of a great aunt, Lady Couchman in Gloucestershire.  She attended Gardenhurst School, near Burnham on Sea in Somerset, and then the Simpson School of Painting in St Ives.

There she met the artist George BRADSHAW, and despite a seventeen-year age-gap she and George were married, living in the Ship Studio. Two children, Robert and Anne, were born of the marriage, Robert in St Ives and Anne in Sunderland during WWII. Her time for painting was seriously limited, but she made notes in her sketchbook and worked these up into paintings at home. After Bradshaw's death in 1960 she remarried (Bailey) and gave up painting shortly before her death.


Painter of still-life subjects; craftworker


works and access

Likenesses: Her portrait was painted by Charles Simpson, Ellen Fradgley and Pauline Hewitt

Borlase Smart also did a drawing of her at one of the Arts Balls

Works include: Marigolds and Others; Flower Study (1929)


RA 1929

STISA Touring Shows 1932, 34, 36, 45, 47 (SA), 47 (W), 49 and 51 Festival of Britain

NAG Summer 1926 (Craft section), July-September (Lampshades), December 1928 (Craft section)


STISA 1927-59


Cornishman 7 Jul 1926, 8 Dec 1926

Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery (quoting WMN 13 Aug 1928)

             (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p153)

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

Tovey (2000) GF Bradshaw & STISA Illus (Appendix 3: Principal Members of STISA 1927-1960)

           (2003) Creating a Splash

Whybrow(1994) St Ives;

Wormleighton (1998) Morning Tide, J A Parks and the Painters of Light