Annie French

Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters (1900)

About this artwork

Although the date of this work is unknown, the style relates to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Art Nouveau and the period around 1900. French worked in a manner very similar to her near contemporary and close friend, Jessie M. King. This exceptionally detailed drawing highlights French’s skill as a draughtsman and her remarkably delicate linear technique. It shows Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters looking elegant and magical, an idea which is further heightened by French’s use of gold paint.

  • title: Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters
  • accession number: GMA 708
  • artist: Annie FrenchScottish (1872 - 1965)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • subject: Beauty Glasgow Boys
  • medium: Watercolour
  • date created: 1900
  • measurements: 23.50 x 21.50 cm
  • credit line: Presented by the artist 1943
  • copyright: © The Estate of Annie French. All Rights Reserved 2016/ Bridgeman Images
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Annie French

Annie French

Known as one of the Glasgow Girls, Annie French was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art (GSA), from 1886-9, under the influential teacher Francis Newberry. French excelled as an illustrator and developed an exquisite linear technique. Informed by both Art Nouveau and the Pre-Raphaelites, French’s delicate, patterned style worked well for the illustration of fairy tales and poems. She continued working in this manner throughout her life and taught ceramic decoration at GSA from 1908-12.