Tour Scotland Photograph Painting By Stansmore Dean Stevenson

Tour Scotland photograph of the Girl In a Straw Hat painting by Stansmore Richmond Leslie Dean Stevenson who was born on 3 June 1866 in Glasgow, Scotland. She was the youngest of six children of Jean Leslie and Alexander Davidson Dean, born 1814, died 1910. Her father was an artist and engraver from Aberdeen who co-founded the Gilmour and Dean Ltd printing company in 1846. She studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1883 to 1889 where her contemporaries included Bessie MacNicol and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. In 1890 she was the first female student to win the School's Haldane Travelling Scholarship bursary which she used to travel to Paris, France, to study with Gustave Courtois at the Académie Colarossi. On returning from studying in Paris she opened a studio in 1894 at West Regent Street, Glasgow. She regularly spent the summer months in France and the Netherlands. On 30 April 1902 Dean married the artist Robert Macaulay Stevenson and was step mother to his daughter Jean. They lived at Stevenson's house, Robinsfield, near Bardowie Loch at Milngavie. The artists each had studios at Robinsfield. In 1910 Dean and Stevenson moved to Montreuil-sur-Mer in France where they stayed until 1926. During World War I they helped the needs of soldiers as they passed through the town on their way to the front. In 1932 she and her husband moved to Kirkcudbrightshire where she made use of the Greengate studios of the artist Jessie M. King. By then Dean's eyesight was beginning to fail and she painted less often. Dean died at Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire on 15 December 1944.

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