Harold Steward Rathbone was born in Wavertree, Liverpool, England on 10 May 1858 and was the son of Philip Rathbone, a wealthy Liverpool merchant. By 1861 he had moved with his family to Llandudno, Wales. After attending Clifton College in Bristol, he went on to study at Heatherley's School of Fine Art in London in 1875. In 1878 he entered the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London where he was taught by Alphonse Legros (1837-1911). Between 1883 and 1886 Rathbone was a pupil the artist Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893) in Manchester. He then moved to Paris to study at the Académie Julian. Following his return to England he embarked on a career as a painter, sculptor and ceramist. He exhibited frequently at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

Text source: Arts + Architecture Profiles from Art History Research net (AHRnet) https://www.arthistoryresearch.net/

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