“Painter of patriotic battle scenes and episodes of military life. Sister of Alice
Meynell, the poet and essayist, she was brought up mostly abroad, particularly in
Italy, and educated by her father. Entered S. Kensington Art Schools in 1866; in
1869 she became a pupil of Giuseppe Belucci in Florence, and also studied in Rome.
First exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1873 with ‘Missing’, and in 1874 she became
famous when she exhibited ‘Roll Call’ at the RA which was bought by Queen Victoria.
After this she painted almost entirely military subjects. The precision of her painting
was prized by the army for its faithful recording of regimental actions and dress.
And few artists have equaled her drawing of horses. In 1877 she married Major (afterwards
Lieutenant-General Sir) William Francis Butler.”
(Biographical source: Wood, Christopher. The Dictionary of Victorian Painters.)