Celia Bedford (1904-59)
Museum no. E.1240-1930
Subscription plate issued to Lay Members of the Senefelder Club
In the 19th century women had struggled to win acceptance as professional artists, and they had only limited access to a full art-school training. By the 1920s however women were admitted to most art schools on equal terms with men, and many subsequently worked as painters, designers and illustrators.
Celia Bedford was the daughter of the painter Francis Bedford, and she studied at Chelsea School of Art. She was an artist member of the Senefelder Club, a group formed in 1909 to celebrate and promote the art of lithography.
Lithography is a method of planographic printing discovered by Aloys Senefelder in 1798. Artist members took turns to produce a lithograph and the lay members would each receive a signed proof in return for their annual subscription to the club.
For her subscription print, Celia Bedford chose to illustrate the camaraderie amongst a group of women engaged in hard physical work.
This print can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 6a.