Anna Louisa Swynnerton, née Robinson, was an allegorical and portrait painter. She studied at the Manchester School of Art, in Paris and in Rome. Her husband Joseph William Swynnerton was also an artist.
She exhibited at the Royal Academy, the New Gallery, the New English Art Club and elsewhere. In 1898, she was invited to exhibit at the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers during JW's presidency. In 1922, she was the first woman to be elected ARA.
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