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Rebecca Solomon

Dawoud Bey

The work of Jewish artist Rebecca Solomon critiqued ethnic, gender, and class prejudices in Victorian England, and she absorbed the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites while living with her brother Simeon, a fellow artist whose promising career was cut short by societal retribution for his increasingly open homosexuality. 

Margaret Sarah Carpenter

Katherine Read - Little Girl with a Bonnet

Prolific British artist Margaret Sarah Carpenter created over 1100 works; her portraits conveyed the warmth of the subjects’ personalities, and her technical skill allowed her to paint a full-length portraits in miniature.

In this update, Grove Art publishes 376 articles with updated structure, as well as related emendations.

Explore the full list of what has been recently published and revised on Oxford Art Online.

Valerie Cassel Oliver

Letter from the Editor

Read a letter from Benezit’s Editor in Chief, Dr. Valerie Cassel Oliver, discussing her editorial approach and the work underway to expand Benezit’s coverage of emerging artists, varied media, and artists of diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

Dulwich Pink Gallery

Collection Guides

Join Benezit on a tour of unique art collections around the world! Written by experts and curators, our Collection Guides present the history and highlights of museums and galleries. Follow links to related texts in Oxford Art Online and around the web to learn more about the artists in these outstanding collections.