In her own voice: The art of Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958)

Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958) is one of Britain’s best-known equine, female artists. Over a long and successful career spanning the first half of the 20th century she became a leading painter of horses, famous for her illustrations for Black Beauty and sensitive portrayals of horses at work. Her pictures are informed by her expertise as a horsewoman and love for her equine subjects. 

The National Horse Racing Museum has partnered with the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum to organise the first major retrospective exhibition of works since the artist’s death. Curated by art historian David Boyd Haycock, the exhibition will focus on key works and moments in Kemp-Welch’s illustrious career and the influence of Hubert von Herkomer’s teaching at his school in Bushey. 

This exhibition was made possible with a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund and will feature works from national and regional museums, including the Imperial War Museum, Bushey Museum and Southampton City Art Gallery. The exhibition will coincide with the launch of David Boyd Haycock’s new biography of the artist The Life and Work of Lucy Kemp-Welch, Painter of Horses. 

The exhibition has been generously sponsored by the EBM Charitable Trust.




Event Information

21st October 2023 to 25th February 2024

Daily, during General Admission Opening Times

Included with General Admission