Eileen Mayo

Artists and Models: Tate Britain's Archive Spotlight

Tate Britain's current Archive display has unearthed a series of stunning sketches, paintings, photographs and letters that explore the relationship between artist and model. Check it out if you're at Tate, it's open until 19 April and free.

There's a dedication to Eileen Mayo who had a meticulous approach to drawing and design and greatly valued life drawing, she even worked as an artist's model herself.

Then there's Marita Ross ... a captivating and particularly popular 20th century artists'  model, she was cutely nicknamed 'Angel Face'. Her bold poses and exciting confidence challenged the static past for artists' models. She also worked as a writer and journalist, have a look at the witty poem she wrote about the model figure ...