Nora Lucy Mowbray Cundell: What makes a notable woman?


Unsentimental Journey is a book written and illustrated by Nora Lucy Mowbray Cundell (1889-1948) who inherited her artistic genes from a respected line of British artists. Born in London, of all places she was drawn to the American Southwest, Arizona and Colorado specifically. Intrigued with the American Indian, she painted their portraits as well as florals and landscapes in oil and watercolor, the much beloved landscape of Vermillion Cliffs and Marble Canyon became her favorites. In her book, published in 1940, she recorded her travels throughout America, from coast to coast, with occasional stops to go hunting on horseback or visit a rodeo!

Me? I can't go too far without my trusty blow dryer!!


Subsequently, her work earned her exhibition rights at the London Redfern Gallery in 1925, Academie des Beaux-Arts in 1929 and the Royal Academy in 1936. The Paris Salon, New English Art Club, Tate Collection...all these prestigious institutions of art ultimately cemented her rightful place