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Henry Wallis (1830 - 1916)

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British Pre-Raphaelite painter, writer and collector. He was admitted as a probationer to the RA and enrolled in the Painting School in March 1848. He also studied in Paris at Charles Gleyre’s atelier and at the Academie des Beaux Arts, sometime between 1849 and 1853.

Wallis is best remembered for his first great success, The Death of Chatterton, which he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1856, (now in the Tate collection, London).

He showed a total of 35 works at the RA, but later in life developed a greater interest in watercolour painting. He was elected a full member of the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) in 1878 and exhibited over 80 watercolours at the society.

He died, almost blind, at 1 Walpole Road, Croydon, on 20 December 1916 and was buried in Highgate cemetery.


Born: 21 February 1830 in London

Died: 20 December 1916

Nationality: British

Gender: Male

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