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Sylvia Gosse
(1881 — 1968)

Sylvia Gosse is a painter and etcher. She was born in London and studied at the St John’s Wood School of Art and then, from 1903, at the Royal Academy Schools. Upon finishing at the Royal Academy in 1908, she started training under Walter Sickert from whom she learned her etching skills. In 1910 she became a partner in Sickert’s school for etching and her subject matter and style owes much to his influence.  She exhibited with the Allied Artists’ Association from 1909 to 1916, the New English Art Club from 1911, the Royal Academy from the following year and the London Group from 1914 to 1919. She had her first solo exhibition at the Carfax Gallery in 1913


Although Gosse’s subject matter, such as her townscapes and domestic interiors, and her working style, were heavily influenced by that of Sickert, she had particular qualities of her own such as her bold sense of design. Her work is now represented in public galleries throughout Britain, such as the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.