Mary Stella Edwards Paintings

Watercolours by Mary Stella Edwards

Mary Stella Edwards paintings are a delight to behold.

As a professional artist, Mary Stella exhibited her watercolours in many exhibitions between 1920 and 1970s when her focus turned to curating a memorial exhibition commemorating the life and work of Judith Ackland. She was a member of the Sketch Club in London and made frequent visits to the London galleries, theatres and museums throughout the year – using museums for research when working on book illustrations, Jackanda model backgrounds and book covers. It wasn’t until just before the Second World War, between 1934 and 1935 that Mary Stella Edwards had her first and only solo exhibitions at the Abbey Galleries in London showing landscapes from North Devon, Wales and the Lake District. This was followed by a joint exhibition the following year with Judith.

Marked catalogues within the archive documents show the many exhibitions both artists contributed to during their later lives. Between the 1950s and Judith’s death in the early 1970s, Mary Stella exhibited her work and Judith’s widely in London galleries. London exhibitions included the New English Art Club, Open Exhibition of the Art Federation, Britain in Watercolour, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, the Society of Women Artists as well as Bradford City Art Gallery.

A selection of Mary Stella Edwards paintings