Isobel Peachey

Isobel Peachey, from the northwest of England, is a painter and printmaker who specialises in the portrayal of historical and current identities. Isobel is primarily known for her portraiture, exhibiting across the UK and regularly at the National Portrait Gallery and the Mall Galleries in London. Her works feature in several collections most notably Cunard, the Royal Society of Arts, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Ruth Borchard Collection. In 2009 she was the winner of the BP Portrait Travel Award enabling her to study historical re-enactors in Switzerland and Belgium resulting in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2010. The inspiration behind Isobel’s work is the quest for reviving forgotten histories or reestablishing a sense of one’s past. Her current series of prints explore the persecution of the Pendle witches in 1612 and how their story has been lost in its retelling, from religious and royal propaganda into gothic lore.