Ana Berry


Ana M. Berry was born in South America and came to Europe to study art. She was the moving force behind the establishment of the Arts League of Service in 1919, and became one of its Honorary Organising Secretaries. According to Eleanor Elder, 'Miss Berry had a dynamic quality. She refused to believe in the word impossible', and she communicated to the fledgling League 'her enthusiastic belief that in a reconstructed world, the artist must be recognised, and must in turn contribute more to the life of the people'. 1

She published Art for Children (1929), Animals in Art (1929) and Understanding Art (1952). In 1925 she wrote to The Times in defence of the W. H. Hudson memorial in Hyde Park, expressing the hope that Jacob Epstein's controversial work might 'lead to the employment of sculptors whose work is recognised abroad but is never seen in our streets and public places, to the very great loss of the country'. 2


1: Eleanor Elder, Travelling Players: The Story of the Arts League of Service, London: Frederick Muller, 1939, p. 4.

2: The Times, 28 May 1925, p. 10.