Ethel Webling was one of six sisters brought up in a lower middle-class family in
As a trained artist, Ethel was able to show her work at the Royal Academy of Art, however she specialised in small-scale works that were more typical for female artists at the time. In particular, Ethel specialised in miniature portraiture in watercolour, pencil and chalk. She also illustrated books.
John Ruskin was friends with the Webling sisters and had several portraits made of him by Ethel. He thought however that her work was sometimes ‘fuzzy’.