Mary Moser, decorative flower painting, 1759.
For this work the artist, then aged 15, was awarded the Society’s prize of five guineas, the first premium in its class. She then received the silver medal on the recommendation of the responsible Committee, ‘as a further reward for…her Extraordinary Merit’. The flower painting was shown in the first ever public exhibition of contemporary British painters and sculptors, held in 1760 in the Society’s rooms. She continued to develop her skill and reputation as a flower painter in her later career to become a founding member of the Royal Academy, and one of the two original female Academicians.