Mabel Maud DOUGLAS

Mrs Mabel Maud DOUGLAS
c fl 1895-1947

The first mention of the artist in St Ives was in 1895, when on STISA Show Day she exhibited a portrait Grief under her maiden name of Bucknall.  Together with her husband John Christian William DOUGLAS, she lived at 10 Park Avenue, St Ives, both of the artists working from the Skidden Hill Studios. Three of her portrait miniatures were exhibited in March 1909 in St Ives: Miss Chadwick; Miss Kitty Hain and Miss Fourdrinier. She also painted still life scenes in oil and watercolour.

[Marriage: 9 Feb 1897 by Banns of John Christian Douglas (37) bachelor Artist of Tregenna Place (Father: John Douglas, EJCG Officer) to Mabel Maud Bucknall (34) spinster of Talland Road (Father: Samuel George Bucknall, Gentleman).]


Painter of portrait miniatures, oils and watercolours

works and access

Works include: Grief (1895); Miss Chadwick; Miss Kitty Hain and Miss Fourdrinier (all 3 c1909); Bess (a Spaniel, 1919); Mrs Herbert Lanyon (1917); Mrs Barry (1917)

Portraits of: Taka Cochrane and General Sir Herbert Blumberg (1929); Herbert Lanyon (1932); John Christian Douglas (her husband, 1937); Theresa Rion ABELL;

In the possession of the George Lloyd Music Library in Kendal, Cumbria: Two miniatures, of Mrs Constance Lloyd and Mrs Frances Lloyd;



St Ives Show Day 1895, March 1909, March1911

Piazza Studios January 1914 (3 miniatures, ex RA as March 1909), March Show Day 1914, March 1919, September 1919, March Show Day 1920

STISA Summer 1928, Show Day 1929, 1932, 1934, 1937, 1947(SA) and 1951 Festival of Britain Touring Shows; 

RA (22) 1904-1937 (including portraits in 1916, 1917, 1932 and 37)


STISA 1928-53

misc further info



Cornish Telegraph 25 Mar 1909

Cornishman and Cornish Telegraph 8 Aug 1928

St Ives Times 25 Mar 1911, 16 Jan 1914,  27 Mar 1914, 14 Mar 1919, 12 Sep 1919

Western Morning News 25 March 1919

1901 Census

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p322)

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

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

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash;

Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History