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Commotion in the Cattle Ring
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: The Cheltenham Trust and Cheltenham Borough Council

Commotion in the Cattle Ring

James Bateman (1893–1959)

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Painter and wood engraver specialising in rural scenes and farm animals, pictures with a tight composition. Born in Kendal, Westmorland, Bateman came from a farming background. Started to study sculpture at Leeds College of Art, 1910–14, but World War I service injuries forced him to abandon sculpture for painting. Studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, 1919–21, Rome Scholarship finalist 1920. Taught Cheltenham School of Art, 1922–8, then at Hammersmith School of Art. While at Cheltenham exhibited with the Cheltenham Group and Cotswold Group, cycling out to paint the local countryside. Exhibited at the RA from 1924, being elected RA in 1942. Also showed Cooling Galleries, Fine Art Society, NEAC, RHA, RSA and extensively abroad. Many British provincial and Commonwealth galleries hold his work, as do the British Museum and Tate Gallery, which has several examples of cattle auction scenes, for which Bateman is especially noted.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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