Constance Rea, painter, born in London as Constance Halford. An artist in her own right and listed in Benezit as ‘Halford’ who lists her debutante at The Royal Academy in 1892.
She married the well known painter Cecil Rea (1861-1935), whom she had married and began using the surname ‘Rea’ by 1895. She is listed as ‘Rea’ in ‘The Years Art, 1895’, her address was 53 Beaufort St. Chelsea, London. In 1921 her address had changed to Garden Lodge, Logan Place, Kensington, W8.
She was a member of the Society of 25 Artists and her work is typical of the atmospheric style popular at that time. She exhibited 191 paintings in Britain with 27 at the Royal Academy, 27 at The Fine Art Society; 28 at the International Society and others at Liverpool, Society of Women Artists and the Glasgow Institute among others.
Although no dates are found for birth or death, she had died before 1929 (but after 1928, see Exhibition list) her husband was living at Garden Lodge, Logan Place, and a member of the Chelsea Arts Club.
The Royal Academy in 1892.
Salon De La Nationale Des Beaux-Arts 1911
Brighton Art Gallery, Autumn Exhibition (‘Ladies of Quality’no.95) 1912
British Women Painters, Lewes1913 (‘Ladies of Quality’)
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh,USA (Slumber Song)
The International Society of Sculptors Painters and Gravers ,Grosvenor Gallery.
Butterflies in a Bower (77) in 1915
The Wayfarer (18) in 1916
The Ladies Lament (60) in 1916
The Sentimentalists (32) in 1917
Annual Exhibition of Women’s Artists, 1918 (The Sentimentalists)Over The Hills and Far Away (36) in 1921
Gossips (99) in 1921
The Exhibition of the Academy of Arts 1921 . Oil painting ‘Summer’, (174)
Annual Exhibition of Women’s Artists, 1921 (My Lady’s Dress)
Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts 1923 Oil painting ‘Silent Moon’ (392)
Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts 1928 Oil painting ‘The Ebb Tide ‘ (595)
Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts 1929 Oil painting ‘Flora ‘ (314)
Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts 1935 Oil paintings ‘Beach Scene ‘ (674) and ‘Pastorale’ (680)
Dictionary of British Artists Working 1901-1950 by Grant Walters
Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940 by Johnson and Greutzner
Benezit (Under HALFORD)
The Years Art. 1895
A Dictionary of Contemporary British Artists, 1929