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British painter and teacher, born in Chelmsford, the son of a painter. A founder member of the *New English Art Club in 1886, he was responsible for drawing up the rules of the club and was amongst the most energetic in its campaign against the conservatism of the *Royal Academy. After teaching at Westminster School of Art for fifteen years, he was made professor at the *Slade School in 1892 and presided over its golden period, retiring in 1917.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)