The Poppy, a symbol of remembrance and hope. [Highlighted: Oct 2022]
This watercolour of Poppies was exhibited at the Reading Guild of Artists Twenty-fourth Annual Exhibition Municipal Art Gallery Reading June 12 – July 10 1954.
It is not known why Barbara chose to paint these poppies. Then as now, the Poppy is strongly associated as the symbol of Remembrance in the UK. Thousands of poppies are sold by the Royal British Legion each year to mark Armistice Day, 11th November.
Barbara Jessie Dominy was a member of the Reading Guild of Artists from 1950-1973. She served as an RGA Councillor several times during this time. She exhibited watercolours, mainly of coastal landscapes, also oil paintings, and charcoal and wash drawings. In the later years, she also exhibited embroidery.
The initials A.T.D are listed after her name in some RGA catalogues, which is likely to stand for Art Teaching Diploma. Not much more is known about the artist who was born in 1912 in Hampshire, was married with children, and died aged 81 in 1993, in Poole, Dorset