Elizabeth Blackadder

1931 - 2021

Born in Falkirk, Scotland, and educated at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art from 1949 to 1954, she was awarded a Carnegie Travelling Scholarship in 1954. During her travels to Yugoslavia, Greece, and Italy, she drew inspiration from Byzantine architecture and mosaics. Renowned for her depictions of flowers, cats, and small objects meticulously arranged perpendicular to the paper or canvas, she gained recognition as a painter and printmaker.

In 1960, Blackadder was elected to the Royal Scottish Watercolour Society (RSW). She became an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) in 1963 and later an Associate of the Royal Academy (RA) in 1971. In 1972, she achieved full RSA membership and went on to be elected as a Royal Academician in 1976, making her the first woman to receive such dual honours.