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Prudence Heward is renowned for her portraits of female subjects, though she also produced a few paintings of men, as well as landscapes and still lifes. Heward painted both white women and black women, but while the vast majority of her white subjects are clothed, several of her black subjects are nude or semi-naked. Heward’s key works fall into three categories: women in landscape or rural settings, women in public spaces such as cafés and theatres, and women in domestic interiors. Most of Heward’s subjects are unnamed in the title, meaning that we often do not know the identity of the sitter.


  • Miss Lockerby

    Miss Lockerby c. 1924

  • At the Theatre

    At the Theatre 1928

  • Girl on a Hill

    Girl on a Hill 1928

  • Rollande

    Rollande 1929

  • At the Café (Miss Mabel Lockerby)

    At the Café (Miss Mabel Lockerby) c. 1929

  • The Bather

    The Bather 1930

  • Girl Under a Tree

    Girl Under a Tree 1931

  • Hester

    Hester 1937

  • Girl in the Window

    Girl in the Window 1941

  • Portrait (Mrs. Zimmerman)

    Portrait (Mrs. Zimmerman) 1943

  • Farmer’s Daughter

    Farmer’s Daughter 1945

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