Mary Newcomb 1922-2008


Mary Newcomb was a painter in oil and watercolour, wife of the potter Godfrey Newcomb and mother of the artist Tessa Newcomb. She gained her Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences at Reading University, studying there between 1940 and 1944, during which time she also studied pottery at Bath School of Art.


Mary initially taught science until her marriage in 1950 when she moved with her husband to a small farm in Suffolk.  It was her she began to paint whilst raising her two daughters and assisting on the farm.  


Although entirely self-taught, her success with the Norwich Twenty Group encouraged her to approach the Crane Kalman Gallery with whom she exhibited regularly from 1970.  With exhibitions in Europe and America, her images of rural surroundings deeply rooted in the English countryside have earned her a reputation with collectors alongside Mary Fedden and Winifred Nicholson.


Newcomb has works in many prominent public collections including the Tate Gallery in London, The Arts Council of Great Britain, The Contemporary Art Society in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The National Gallery of New Zealand and The Museum of Sao Paolo in Brazil.