Anna Airy English, 1882-1964


One of the most prolific artists of her time, Anna Airy was born in Greenwich, London in 1882 and trained at the Slade School of Art. She excelled in school, winning numerous prizes and awards for her work, along with a scholarship as well. Airy mastered the use of oil and watercolor paints, along with etching. 

She was one of the first women to be officially commissioned as a war artist. During World War I, she painted pictures in weapon and ammunition factories for the Imperial War Museum. Today, her works can be spotted in the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Imperial War Museum, and Leeds City Art Gallery, among others.