Mabel Oliver Rae

Selwyn College, Cambridge

Etching, circa 1920

19 x 29 cm

Hand-signed in pencil lower left, and titled in pencil lower right. Initialled ‘MR’ in plate.

Mabel Oliver Rae was born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, and trained at the Slade School of Fine Art between 1888 and 1890. Rae is known for her skilled etchings of various rural scenes and townscapes, particularly those of the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge. She signed works with the pseudonym ‘M.Oliver Rae’, a ruse to conceal the fact she was a female artist, so as not to reduce her chances with commercial dealers and agents.

Condition: Good. Even age toning, a little spotting, generally good.