Henrietta Rae, who in private life is Mrs. Ernest Normand, exhibited her first picture at the Royal Academy in 1880, when she was twenty years of age. Her first popular success was that famous picture which is to be found m all quarters of the globe to-day, "Psyche at the Throne of Venus." This picture was exhibited in 1895, after Mrs. Normand had been "painting hard," to quote her own words, "for nearly twenty years." Therefore, "out of my own experience," she says, "I can say to any young artist who may be depressed through lack of immediate success - Don't give up because you have failed to get that commendation for which you had hoped. Even when the cup of success was offered to me there was a big, bitter drop mingled with its sweetness, for one of the critics facetiously described my picture as a glorified Christmas card! ' " Mrs. Nor-mand's husband is also a painter of repute.