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An Interior
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: The Cheltenham Trust and Cheltenham Borough Council

An Interior c.1910

Leonard Campbell Taylor (1874–1969)

The Wilson

Painter, born in Oxford into a musical family. His second wife was Brenda Moore, the sculptor and painter, who modelled a head of Campbell Taylor. He was educated at the Dragon School, Oxford, and Cheltenham College. Then studied at Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford; St John’s Wood School of Art; and Royal Academy Schools, which he entered in 1905. Exhibited at RA (he was elected RA in 1931) from late 1890s and in 1907 painted a large picture, The Rehearsal, now in Tate Gallery, which put him in the forefront of academic painters. Campbell Taylor’s pictures are highly finished interiors with figures, often with a period flavour, which owe much to the Dutch Old Masters. He also painted a number of portraits, including Queen Mary, and still lifes which follow in the footsteps of Chardin.

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


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