Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958) was one of this country’s most important equine artists.


Born in Bournemouth, she received informal lessons from local artist Arthur Davis (1847-1895) and formal training from Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849–1914) at his school in Bushey, which she later took over.


The first women elected to the Royal Society of British Artists, there were hopes that she might also be the first woman elected to the Royal Academy since 1768 but sadly it never happened.


Touring to the National Horse Racing Museum, this exhibition is the first for 20 years devoted to Lucy Kemp-Welch. Guest curator David Haycock has brought together public and private loans with archive material to restore her reputation and significance.

Artists featured in this Curation: Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)
15 artworks
Toilers
© David Messum. Image credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Toilers 1890

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on wood

H 17 x W 24 cm

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Study for 'Gypsy Horse Drovers'
© David Messum. Image credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Study for 'Gypsy Horse Drovers' 1895

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on panel

H 19 x W 33 cm

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Gypsy Horse Drovers
© David Messum. Image credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Gypsy Horse Drovers 1895

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 120 x W 242.5 cm

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Foam Horses
© David Messum. Image credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Foam Horses 1896

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 49.2 x W 90.5 cm

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Burnt Out Fires
© David Messum. Image credit: Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Burnt Out Fires

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 122 x W 183 cm

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

The Morning
© David Messum. Image credit: Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

The Morning 1902

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 151 x W 120 cm

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Mixed Company at a Race Meeting
© David Messum. Image credit: Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Mixed Company at a Race Meeting 1904

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 75.5 x W 182.5 cm

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Study for 'The Riders'
© David Messum. Image credit: Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Study for 'The Riders' 1910

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on board

H 22 x W 29.2 cm

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

The Years at the Spring
© David Messum. Image credit: Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

The Years at the Spring

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 78 x W 99 cm

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

The Ladies' Army Remount Depot, Russley Park, Wiltshire, 1918
© IWM (Imperial War Museums). Image credit: IWM (Imperial War Museums)

The Ladies' Army Remount Depot, Russley Park, Wiltshire, 1918 1919

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 111.7 x W 148.3 cm

IWM (Imperial War Museums)

Winter's White Silence
© David Messum. Image credit: Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

Winter's White Silence 1923–1924

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 125 x W 181.5 cm

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

Timber Run in the Welsh Hills
© David Messum. Image credit: Southampton City Art Gallery

Timber Run in the Welsh Hills

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 110.8 x W 155.5 cm

Southampton City Art Gallery

The Sport of Imperial Rome – The Start of the Chariot Race
© David Messum. Image credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

The Sport of Imperial Rome – The Start of the Chariot Race 1933

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Pastel on paper

H 137.5 x W 107 cm

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Gypsy Horses
© David Messum. Image credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Gypsy Horses 1933–1935

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 73 x W 93.5 cm

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

The Call
© David Messum. Image credit: Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

The Call 1937

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 168 x W 242 cm

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery