Newcomb, Mary (1922-2008)

Mary Newcomb was a self-taught British painter known for her depictions of pastoral scenes in the Norfolk countryside. Employing tilted perspectives and distorted proportions, Newcomb created dream-like works inhabited by farm animals and wandering figures. Born Mary Slatford on January 25, 1922 in Harrow-on-the-Hill, United Kingdom, she studied natural sciences at Reading University and later studied native birds in the same countryside once painted by John Constable. In 1970, the artist began exhibiting her works at Crane Kalman Gallery in London, drawing the acclaim of fellow British painters Ben and Winifred Nicholson as well as Mary Fedden. Painting while living on her husband’s farm throughout the following decades, Newcomb died in a nursing home on March 29, 2008 in Darsham, United Kingdom. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of the University of Nottingham and the Tate Gallery in London.


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