Moore, Eleanor A

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Moore, Eleanor A

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Eleanor Allen Moore (Robertson) was born in County Antrim in 1885 and died in Edinburgh in 1955. In 1888 she moved with her family to Ayrshire, Scotland, where her father worked as a minister at Loudoun Old Parish Church. From 1902 to 1907 she studied drawing and painting at The Glasgow School of Art, where she was a contemporary of Norah Neilson Gray. During the First World War she served as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse at Craigleith Hospital, Edinburgh. In 1922 she married Dr Robert Cecil Robertson and she gave birth to their daughter, Ailsa, the following year. In 1925 the family moved to Shanghai, China, where Roberston was appointed with the Shanghai Municipal Council. There Moore continued to paint, inspired by the street scenes of Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta. She and her daughter were evacuated from Shanghai during the Sino-Japanese War in 1937, and returned to Scotland soon after. Dr Robertson remained in Hong Kong where he died in 1942. Moore belongs to the Glasgow Girls, to a group of women artists and designers who coalesced in Glasgow at the turn of the century. Eleanor A Moore is listed in the School's World War One Roll of Honour.

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Sources: Glasgow Girls: Artists and Designers 1890-1930 by Liz Arthur; the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by Peter J M McEwan.

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