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Louise Ingram Rayner (21 June 1832 – 8 October 1924) was a British watercolour artist.


Rayner was born in Matlock Bath in Derbyshire.[1] Her parents Samuel Rayner and Ann Rayner (née Manser) were both noted artists, Samuel having been accepted for exhibition at the Royal Academy when he was 15. Four of Louise's sisters — Ann ("Nancy"), Margaret, Rose and Frances — and her brother Richard were also artists. The family lived in Matlock Bath and Derby until 1842 when they moved to London.


Rayner studied painting from the age of fifteen, at first with her father and later with established artist friends of the family such as George Cattermole, Edmund Niemann, David Roberts and Frank Stone. Her first exhibited work, an oil painting entitled The Interior of Haddon Chapel, was shown at the Royal Academy in 1852, the first of a series of oils.


From 1860, however, her medium was watercolour, which she exhibited for over 50 years through organisations including the Society of Lady Artists, The Royal Academy, Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of British Artists.

Irongate - from 1865 (now in Derby Museum and Art Gallery)


She lived in Chester in the county of Cheshire but travelled extensively, painting British scenes, during the summers in the 1870s and 1880s. Her paintings are very detailed and highly picturesque populated street scenes capturing the "olde worlde" character of British towns and cities in the booming Victorian period. Her paintings are very popular today as prints and on jigsaw puzzles. Around 1910 she moved with her sister to Tunbridge Wells, and later to St Leonards, where she died in 1924.


Rayner's work is represented in the collections of at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, Derby Museum and Art Gallery[2] and the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, which possesses 23 of her watercolours, the largest in any public collection.

See also

English women painters from the early 19th century who exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art

Sophie Gengembre Anderson
Mary Baker
Ann Charlotte Bartholomew
Maria Bell
Barbara Bodichon
Joanna Mary Boyce
Margaret Sarah Carpenter
Fanny Corbaux
Mary Ellen Edwards
Harriet Gouldsmith
Mary Harrison
Jane Benham Hay
Anna Mary Howitt
Mary Moser
Martha Darley Mutrie
Ann Mary Newton
Emily Mary Osborn
Kate Perugini
Louise Rayner
Ellen Sharples
Rolinda Sharples
Rebecca Solomon
Elizabeth Emma Soyer
Isabelle de Steiger
Henrietta Ward


Simon Fenwick, ‘Rayner, Samuel (1806–1879)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 14 Feb 2011

"Louise J. Rayner (1832 - 1924)". Dudley Mail. Retrieved 2015-12-21.


Simon Fenwick, "Rayner, Samuel (1806–1879)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 26 June 2007
Louise Rayner, Chester City Council

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