The above painting, ‘Mother and Two Children with a Picnic’, depicts May Stead and her two children. This was painted by her husband, Fred Stead, around 1923, and is now in a private collection.

May Stead (nee Greening) was born 1871 in Bradford. She was the daughter of a local printer and studied at the Saltaire School of Art in Shipley and then in London at the Royal College of Art.

After leaving the Royal College she returned to Yorkshire, where she taught art at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School and later married the Bradford artist, Fred Stead.

May painted landscapes, flowers and miniatures, mainly in watercolour, and her work was exhibited at shows of the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Royal Society of Miniature Painters, and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

In 1931 she was invited by the Royal British Colonial Society of Artists to contribute two of her miniature portraits, including one of her husband, Fred, to an International Exhibition in Beunos Aires.

(Additional information about the life and work of May Stead would be welcomed, and particularly where her work, or images of her work, might be found.)


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