Congreve, Ellen Marjorie (1885-1972)
Inscribed on verso: Monastiri of Chrisoroyiattissa, Cyprus, 1937
Marjorie Congreve studied painting for six months in Paris. In 1908, she married Galfrid Congreve and moved to Canada where she had three children. In 1932, she followed her son to Cyprus where she stayed till 1948. She lived in Kyrenia where she was locally known as ‘gathourou’ for her love of donkeys. Snubbed by the local British society, Marjorie lived among the locals teaching young girls handicraft. She painted views of Cyprus which she sold to complement her income. She worked mainly in pastels and watercolours. The pastel of the Chrysorrogiatissa monastery in the Paphos district was rebuilt in 1770 after a fire and subsequently received more restorations in 1953 onwards. The perspective is taken from above the monastery emphasizing its steepled roof and its position as a safe haven in the mountains. Its chalet-like appearance is reminiscent of a Swiss landscape with only the surrounding barren hills pointing to its Cypriot location.
33 x 25 cm
Architecture, Monasteries, Religious Institutions--Buildings, Architecture,Byzantine, Landscapes
The artist’s son
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