Mary Potter 1900-1981

Mary Potter was a painter of still lifes and landscape.


Born in Beckenham, Kent, she studied at the Beckenham School of Art before being awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. Potter declined and instead, in 1918, took the Orpen bursary and began her studies at the Slade. After gaining a full scholarship the following year, Potter became a protégé of the influential new Professor, Henry Tonks, and eventually graduated with seven awards.


Potter had been made a member of the Seven and Five Society from early in its history, in 1921, and their exhibitions provided her first source of critical praise. From 1922 Potter also exhibited with the New English Art Club under her maiden name (Attenborough). This was followed by a move to the London Group, who split from the NEAC in 1930, the sam year that she was appointed a Member. Potter's first solo exhibition took place at the Bloomsbury Gallery in 1932 and was well-reviewed by contemporary critics. She went on to have many solo exhibitions with London galleries such as the Redfern (1949), and New Art Centre.


She was married to Stephen Potter from 1927 to 1955 and lived in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.