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A German portrait painter who became a naturalised British subject, Gates was son of the Düsseldorf artist Julius Geertz (1837–1902) and his wife Flora Schade. He was born Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Heinrich (or Heinz) Geertz in Düsseldorf on 19th July 1872. He studied from 1889 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Peter Janssen, and from 1893 in the painting classes of Julius Roeting and Eduard von Gebhardt. He lived and worked in London from 1895. On 5th December 1896, at the St Pancras Registry Office and as Frederick William Ludwig Henry Geertz, he married Joan Elizabeth Leigh Ward (b.1875, daughter of Henry Leigh Douglas Ward, assistant at the British Museum and co-author in 1887 of the Catalogue of Romances in its Department of Manuscripts).

Text source: Art Detective

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