Medora Heather BENT

Medora Heather BENT
Born Alannah Heather Bent

Born in North Kilworth, Connemara, Medora spent much of her early life at Erisslaanen (Connemara) which gave her the title for her autobiography.   She was educated in England and studied at the Slade with Randolph Schwabe (1930-33) , and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts where she studied stained glass.   She worked on Sark, in Ireland at Errislannan, and in Cornwall (St Ives, during WWII).

She was noted at a 1944 exhibition by the St Ives Times for "her war pictures."  Buckman comments that she was much influenced by the places where she lived, including Connemara, Sark, and St Ives. As well as paintings, she produced sculptural models depicting religious scenes, and painted furniture.  She moved to a new studio in St Ives in 32 Fore Street in 1947.   She moved to Wareham in Dorset in the mid-1950s, and died in Poole.


Painter, sculptor, stained glass-maker; furniture painter and potter

works and access

Works include: The Island, St Ives (1958)

Published Paintings of Some of the Historic Homes of Purbeck 1958

Errislaanen (1992 illus)



Lanham's Summer Exhibition 1943

STISA 1945, Winter Show 1947, 1949 and 1951 Festival of Britain Touring Shows


Lanham's Gallery c1943 (Associate 1944)

STISA 1943-53


Errislaanen, Reflections from an artist's life (illus) 1992

Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p314)

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash;

Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1921-1939 list pp 219-21)