Helen Mabel Trevor: An Irish Artist Abroad
Born in Loughbrickland, Co Down, in 1831, Helen Mabel Trevor was encouraged in her love of drawing and painting from an early age. Self-taught for a large part of her life, she attended the Royal Academy Schools in London from 1877 to 1880.
Trevor travelled to France in the 1880s, studying at the atelier of Carolus-Duran in Paris and visiting Brittany and Normandy, where she painted scenes of the daily life of the local communities. She spent six years living in Italy, visiting Florence, Assisi, Perugia, Venice, Rome and Capri. On her return to Paris in 1889, she resumed her studies with Carolus-Duran, and made the city her home until her death in 1900. Trevor exhibited regularly at the RHA in Dublin, the Royal Academy in London, and at the Paris Salon over the years. Key works by the artist are to be found in the National Gallery of Ireland and the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
These and many more paintings and drawings are featured in this richly illustrated and long-overdue biography of the artist by Carmel Coyle.