‘In Summer by the Pond’
Sir John was a distinguished and successful artist, ranking alongside the top British Impressionists. Three of his paintings were purchased for the nation by the Chantrey Bequest at a time when it was considered as an unprecedented compliment for an artist to have two works thus selected.
He was born in Nottingham where he first studied art. He moved to London and studied under Hubert von Herkomer and was influenced by Barbizon and Impressionist landscape painters. He spent much of his life in St Ives Cornwall, painting ‘en plein air’ with artists such as Stanhope Forbes and Adrian Stokes………he was elected President of St Ives Society of Artists.
He exhibited from 1891 to 1942 at the Royal Academy, and at numerous venues throughout the United Kingdom and overseas, and represented Britain in the Venice Biennale. Numerous British and overseas Art Galleries/Museums present his work.
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