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British painter, sculptor, designer, illustrator, and teacher, born in London. His highly varied artistic training began with two years in an architect's office, continued at the *Royal Academy and the Westminster School of Art, and was rounded off with stays in Paris and Italy. He gained some of his sculptural expertise by sharing a studio for a while with Sir George *Frampton. Bell's interest in the architectural setting of art helped him to win numerous decorative commissions for mosaics, stained glass, and relief sculpture. His clear, linear style, influenced by Italian Renaissance art, was well suited to this type of work. Examples of his mosaics are in Westminster Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament, and his stained glass includes the Shakespeare window in Manchester Reference Library.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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