Saturday, August 30, 2014

Margaret Rice Oxley ~ Artist & Illustrator ~ 20th Century

Margaret Rice Oxley




Margaret Rice Oxley

The Children Dream of Seafaring






Margaret Rice Oxley often signed her art and illustrations as M Rice Oxley. Little is known about her, even by the auction houses that have listed and sold her work. Other than auction listings, I can find no reference to her as an illustrator in the Library of Congress extensive catalog of books, on the Internet Archive, or in general searches on the internet.

I found one sentence of biographical information from an auction house called Dominic Winter: "The fine watercolourist Margaret Rice Oxley is little known, although we understand that she lived at Lyth Hill, near Shrewsbury, and that she was probably born in the second decade of the 20th century."

Margaret Rice Oxley worked in watercolor and pen and ink. From the type of work represented by the auction houses, she may have illustrated for books or magazines, but I can find no records to this effect. Is it possible she was a highly accomplished hobbyist who remained unpublished?

I'm sharing at Art of Narrative most of the handful of images I've found at their highest resolution, slightly enhanced for color and clarity. I've seen the same watercolor paintings and pen and ink illustrations in different sizes, tones and colors, depending on which auction house or secondary site posted the images, so I do not know how accurate the colors and contrast may be, but I think you will agree that she is an artist deserving discovery and wide recognition.

Click into each image to see the highest resolution.




Margaret Rice Oxley


Apotheosis of Columbine







Margaret Rice Oxley


The Dandelion Fairy







Margaret Rice Oxley


The Garden of Dreams







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The Winds Fly Fast to Their Home







Margaret Rice Oxley


The End of the Story







Margaret Rice Oxley


Moonlit Scene







Margaret Rice Oxley

The Shepherdess








Margaret Rice Oxley


Poem: The Dream Shop







Margaret Rice Oxley


Poem: The Garden of Dreams







Margaret Rice Oxley


When You Do Dance
I Wish You A Wave O' The Sea

~ Quote from Shakespeare








If anyone reading this tribute knows more about Margaret Rice Oxley, please add your knowledge in the comments. (Both an author of a medical text, and the mother of a well known singer share her name, but she is neither of these women.)




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