Elizabeth Southerden Thompson Butler, Lady Butler (1846-1933)
Well known for her military battle scenes, Elizabeth Southerden Thompson Butler (Lady Butler), was one of few female painters to receive recognition for historical paintings. During her education, Lady Butler concentrated on painting religious subjects, however, she was switched subjects after seeing the work of French painters chronicling heroic battle scenes. Her paintings like The 28th Regiment at Quatre Bras fed the imagination and patriotism of the British Empire, while also showing the suffering and costs of war. While Lady Butler’s work reflected the romanticism of the growing British Empire, she also made sure to make them as real in detail as possible, conveying the true feelings war: confusion and exhaustion.