Jewish Museum London announce loan of portrait by Catherine da Costa to Tate Britain

Jewish Museum London is delighted to lend a miniature portrait by 18th century artist Catherine da Costa to Tate Britain for their exhibition, “NOW YOU SEE US. WOMEN ARTISTS IN BRITAIN 1520–1920”. On display until October, it features over 200 works by over 100 different women artists, following their journeys to becoming professional artists. The exhibition sheds light on how these artists championed equal access to art training and academy membership, breaking boundaries and overcoming many obstacles to establish what it meant to be a woman in the art world.

Catherine da Costa was the first noteworthy female Anglo-Jewish artist. Born in London to a Sephardi family, she studied painting under Bernard Lens III, which led to Da Costa specialising in miniature portraits. The portrait of her son, Abraham da Costa, one of six children born to Catherine and her husband Moses, features in the exhibition.

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