Kate Bunce was the daughter of John Thackray Bunce, who was Chairman of the City Art Gallery, & a wealthy newspaper proprietor. She studied at the Birmingham School of Art. It is interesting to conjecture what she could have achieved had she been able to study at the Royal Academy Schools, but this would not have been possible for a young unprotected woman at that time. Her sister, Myra Louisa Bunce was a proficient watercolourist, & metalworker, who sometimes made ornate frames for her sisters pictures. Neither sister married.
Kate’s pictures are often strongly Pre-Raphaelite, using strong colours, niave perspective, & packed with detail. She was a member of the Birmingham Society of Artists. Much of her best work was done before the turn of the century, after which she concentrated on religious works for churches. She was a devout Christian. Like other artists of her generation, she would have been increasingly alienated by artistic developments in the early part of the 20th century, & this would help explain her concentration on works for churches.