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The Nonconformist Painter - Arthur Trevethin Nowell 1862 - 1940

The artist Arthur Nowell retained strong Victorian characteristics. He lived in fast changing times. This first biography is interspersed with related diversions which help to set the scene: Art schools, the Royal Academy, fellow artists (Burne-Jones, Waterhouse and Watts among them), artistic trends, 'the naked truth', Methodism, cotton, New York, Europe, the times in which he lived. A portrait and 'High Art' painter, with a love of watercolour drawing (to borrow his term), Nowell met and befriended celebrated artists and prominent personalities from many walks of life; names familiar today. Brief vignettes add interest and include King George V and Queen Mary, whose portraits are shown among one hundred black and white illustrations. Although bulging with facts, this is not an academic tome but a wide ranging and exhaustively researched book of interest and variety.

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