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The Grand Canal, Venice
© the studio estate of Wilfrid de Glehn is represented by David Messum Fine Art Ltd. Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

The Grand Canal, Venice 1897

Wilfrid Gabriel de Glehn (1870–1951)

Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Painter, born in London, studied at the South Kensington Schools and École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. The family name was originally von Glehn, but was changed in 1917 by deed poll. Married to the painter Jane de Glehn. Early on in his career de Glehn began exhibiting at the Paris Salon, RA and NEAC, as well as Fine Art Society, Leicester Galleries RP, RA, RHA and at many other venues. First one-man show at Carfax Gallery, 1908. De Glehn travelled widely, which provided many of his subjects and additional exhibition venues. He was a painter of beautiful people and places, rather in the manner of John Singer Sargent, whose friend and painting companion he was. Elected RA, 1932, having been elected NEAC in 1900 and RP in 1904. David Messum held an exhibition in 1989; in 1994 a show of both de Glehns entitled The American Connection; and a major exhibition in 2003, to coincide with the publication of Laura Wortley’s biography Wilfrid de Glehn RA A Painter’s Journey.

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


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