Mabel Gear, 1898-1987
Mabel was a painter of pastels of birds, dogs and cats, and many were used to illustrate postcards and also Valentine cards. She was born in Ashby, Suffolk. She studied at the Colchester School of Art under Septimus Power (1877-1951) and later at Herkomer's Art School in Bushey, Hertfordshire. In 1917 she passed an examination at Torquay School of Art and Evening Schools. In 1927 she exhibited her work for Raphael Tuck & Sons at Moorfield House, London. In 1928 she married Ivor Isaac Symes who was also an artist. In 1934 the Duke of York (later King George VI) and Duchess of York used a miniature of her 'Sympathy' for their Christmas card.
She exhibited at the Goupil Gallery, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Scottish Academy, Walker's Gallery and the Society of Women Artists.
Sources: Bushey Museum; Artist Biographies Ltd.; Suffolk Artists (suffolkartists.co.uk)
Portfolio (some paintings in the Bushey Museum collection)