A unique collection of paintings by a Tottenham artist has been boosted by a new acquisition.

The Beatrice Offor collection at Tottenham's Bruce Castle Museum has been enlarged after the portrait of an unknown Edwardian lady was bought at auction in Scotland with the help of the Offor family.

The new addition brings the number of her paintings on show at the museum to 42, making it the largest collection of her work in this country.

The collection included many portraits of young women, alongside local dignitaries and a portrait believed to be Ouida, the pen name for the English novelist Marie Louise de la Ramée (1839-1908).

The new painting will be shown in a special exhibition of Offor's work at the museum to commemorate International Women's Day in March.

Born in Sydenham in 1864, Beatrice Offor moved to Bruce Grove in Tottenham when she married her second husband. She suffered a nervous breakdown in 1919, and did not recover her state of mind. She died on 7 August 1920 from injuries sustained after throwing herself from her bedroom window.

Councillor George Meehan, leader of Haringey Council said: "I'm delighted with this acquisition. Like other women artists of the Victorian and Edwardian period, Beatrice Offor has not had the recognition she deserves. Bruce Castle is playing an important role in preserving her memory as an important figure locally and more widely."

For more information contact Bruce Castle Museum on 020 8808 8772 or visit www.haringey.gov.uk/brucecastlemuseum