Friday, 8 May 2020

A Glasgow Girl: Eleanor Allen Moore (26 July 1885 – 17 September 1955

Eleanor Allen Moore (26 July 1885 – 17 September 1955) was a British painter who was born in Northern Ireland, but became one of the groups of painters known as the "Glasgow Girls".

During World War I Moore served as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse at Craigleith Hospital in Edinburgh. In 1922, Moore married Dr Robert Cecil Robertson and she gave birth to their daughter, Ailsa, the following year. In 1925, the family moved to Shanghai, China, where Robert was appointed Public Health Officer with Shanghai Municipal Council. Eleanor continued painting, producing watercolours of the Chinese people, and was also popular as a portrait painter in the expatriate community. They apparently toured the country in their houseboat.
Eleanor and Robert stayed in Shanghai until the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese war in 1937 when they moved to Hong Kong. After World War II Eleanor returned to Scotland where she died in 1955.  These days she is often included in the group of artists known as the Glasgow Girls.