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Mary Fedden

Mary Fedden was born in Bristol. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London form 1932 - 1936. She then returned to Bristol where she painted and taught until World War II broke out. After the war was over, Fedden developed her own style of flower paintings and still life's, reminiscent of artists such as Matisse and Braque. In 1951, Mary Fedden married the artist Julian Trevelyan. She went on to teach painting at the Royal College of Art from 1958 - 1964, the first woman tutor to teach in the painting school. Her pupils included David Hockney & Allen Jones. She subsequently taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School at Cobham in Surrey from 1965 - 1970.

Mary Fedden, who has died aged 96, was one of Britain's best-known and most sought after painters, though full recognition, which accompanied her election to the Royal Academy in 1992, came late in life.

For much of her career Mary Fedden’s reputation was somewhat overshadowed by that of her husband, Julian Trevelyan, the English surrealist, and she tended to be regarded, rather patronisingly, as minor purveyor of charming still life's. Typical images in her work – cats and flowers on windowsills, old-fashioned pots, speckled birds’ eggs and playing cards – do have their “cute” side. But her work was underpinned by a rigorous sense of composition and the collision of brilliant, sensuous yet subtle colours, to produce blazing and bracing visions of the everyday. Adye Mary Fedden was born in Bristol on August 14 1915. Her parents were not particularly interested in art but her uncle, Romilly Fedden, was a well-known watercolourist and encouraged her to paint.