Kate Whitley 1852 – 1920
Whitley painted mainly still-life watercolours, often intricately detailed. She was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1889.
She exhibited abroad, including in Dresden and Brussels and in Chicago at the 1893 World Fair and Exposition. Her work was shown in many prestigious venues in the UK, including the Royal Academy, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool and the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. ‘Minerals and Fossils’, her Royal Academy exhibition, was compared to the work of Holman Hunt in its “searching and careful detail” Current Art IV, Magazine of Art 9 (1886).
Aside from references to her works, little is known of her life, unlike other watercolourists of the period.