Annie French

(1872 - 1965)
Annie French Princess Melilot Dated 1941 © The Estate of Annie French. All Rights Reserved 2017/ Bridgeman Images


Known as one of the Glasgow Girls, Annie French was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art (GSA), from 1886-9, under the influential teacher Francis Newberry. French excelled as an illustrator and developed an exquisite linear technique. Informed by both Art Nouveau and the Pre-Raphaelites, French’s delicate, patterned style worked well for the illustration of fairy tales and poems. She continued working in this manner throughout her life and taught ceramic decoration at GSA from 1908-12.

Glossary terms

  • Decorative art style popular in Europe and North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is characterised by flowing lines based on plant forms.