1898 - 1963

Anne Finlay

Anne Bannatyne Finlay was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 21 April 1898, daughter of Alexander Bannatyne Finlay (21 April 1854-1922), a sheep farmer, and his wife Margaret F. A. Finlay, and in 1901 they were visitors at Newton House, Nairn, Scotland, the home of widow Jessie B. Thompson, together with Anne's siblings, Ida Elizabeth Charlotte 4 and Robert W. 1. Anne spent her early years in Edinburgh and attended a school in Manor Place in the city, where she studied French and afterwards studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art from 1917. Finlay, or ‘Spook’ as she was known, in 1922 moved to Hampstead, London, supporting herself by teaching French, Art, and Music at nearby private schools. She painted portraits of friends and family and invited nieces and nephews to sit for her as models. She regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy 1932-1963; the Scottish Royal Academy also at New Gallery, Edinburgh in 1935, Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool in 1943 and, at the Aberdeen Art Gallery in 1944, exhibited 'Young Card Players'. In 1939, a commercial artist, living at Scotland Hall Farm, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, the home of farmer Frank Riddlestone and his wife and during the war, Finlay painted more landscapes, as she led a wandering life settling at times in different rural places after which she returned to London to work as Registrar of the City and Guilds of London Art School, Kennington. Anne's personal life included affairs with painters James McBey (1883-1959) and Ernest Proctor (1886-1935) and a relationship with Philip Connard (1875-1958) and lived with Connard in Richmond, Surrey. Anne Bannatyne Finlay was of 155 Sheen Road, Richmond when she died at the Marie Curie Hospital, 66 Fitzjohns Avenue, London N.W.3 on 17 October 1963.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 3 Primrose Hill, Northwest London
1932 670 Convalescent
1933 707 Treasure Island
1935 92 Blonde Girl
         730 Ronnie at Bedtime
1936 696 Stepsisters
         737 Anemones
1937 243 Grapes
         655 Sophie's Table
         690 Peggy
1938 264 In the Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
         606 Bay Window
         699 Margery
1939 340 A Woman's Life
         349 Sandstone Quarry, West Sussex
         513 Nude
from c/o Colley & Co., 88 Haverstock Hill, Northwest London
1941 361 Galloway Landscape
         410 Colin
         510 Respite
1942 75 The Pipe Player
         303 Young Card Players
from Cedar Cottage, Abinger Hammer, Surrey
1943 83 The New Frock
from c/o Colley & Co., 88 Haverstock Hill, Northwest London
1944 214 Mother and Child
         627 Sleeping Baby
         765 Angela and Susie
from 144 Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey
1945 108 Mother and Child
         617 Young Mother
1946 429 Sleeping Child
1947 396 The New Baby
         426 Mother and Child
         523 Master Tommy
from 5 Burlington House, King's Road, Richmond, Surrey
1948 450 Housework
         529 Child Reading
from 120 Kennington Park Road, Southeast London
1949 362 Mother and Child
         630 The Skipping Rope
1950 426 Girl Reading
1951 181 Sheela's Reflection
         628 Pamela
from 155 Sheen Road, Richmond, Surrey
1953 424 'Fox and Geese'
         559 Oboe Player
         580 Still Life
1955 367 The Reading Lesson
1956 193 Idle Girl
1959 55 Still Life
1960 310 Corner of the Studio
1961 549 Idle Girl
1962 267 Sheila
1963 235 Halstow from the Saltings

Works by This Artist