ELIZABETH VIOLET BLACKADDER RA RSA RSW RGI DLitt (SCOTTISH 1931-2021) ROSIE, COCO AND ORCHIDS - 1984 Watercolour on paper, signed lower left in graphite, dated (1984), 64 x 51cm (25.25 x 20") Title inscribed in graphite verso Dame Elizabeth Violet Blackadder was one of Scotland’s most iconic female artists; she was the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy, and she was awarded Artist Limner by HRH The Queen, a prestigious position within the Royal Household unique to Scotland. Renowned for her detailed and lyrical compositions of flowers, still lives and beloved cats, National Galleries of Scotland showcased a major retrospective of her work in 2011. More recently, Glasgow Print Studios held a retrospective of her brilliantly observed, sensitive subjects, from April to May 2022.
On close inspection the work appears to be in good overall condition. There may be some tiny specks of dust on the paper surface, beneath the glass. The tortoiseshell cat on the far left has a hair/rubber residue to the top of the arm, this looks to be on top of the sheet surface. The edges of the sheet are exposed, these have some signs of dirt and the bottom left corner has folded slightly.