Who was Flora Twort ?
Flora Twort (1893-1985) began painting when she was four. She attended South Hampstead High School and later went to the London School of Art, the London Polytechnic and the Slade School of Art.
She came to Petersfield at the end of the First World War and went into partnership with two other young women at number 1 and 2 The Square.
They sold second hand books, hand-made jewellery, pottery and textiles. The venture proved a great success and became known as one of the finest book shops in the South. Flora Twort had her studio on the top floor and captured in watercolours much of the life of Petersfield before the days of the motor car.
In 1948, two years after the death of their long-time friend Dr. Harry Roberts, the three partners decided to give up the shop and Flora Twort moved into her new studio round the corner in Church Path.
She eventually gave up painting at the age of 81 having had many of her works hung in The Royal Academy and in other London galleries.
Flora Twort bequeathed both her studio cottage and her pictures to Hampshire County Council in 1985. The watercolours, pastels and sketch books that are on show in the Flora Twort Gallery have been selected from a larger collection and every year a new selection is made and hung in the Gallery.