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Wynford Dewhurst, 1864-1941

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1864.01.26
Place of Birth: Manchester
Date of Death: 1941
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Identity:

Wynford Dewhurst was a landscape painter, draughtsman, illustrator, journalist and writer on art. He was born Allen Smith but took his mother's name.

Life:

Dewhurst studied under Jean-Léon Gérome in Paris, and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts with William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Gabriel Ferrier and Jean Joseph Benjamin Constant. He also attended the Académie Julien and the AcadémieColarossi.

He was a regular exhibitor in London at the Royal Academy, Grosvenor Gallery, Fine Art Society, London Salon and Baillie Gallery, as well as at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery. He was the author of a pioneering but misguided book on the Impressionists.

Dewhurst was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1901, a society of which JW had been President from 1886 to 1888. Dewhurst may have been in touch with JW around 1891/1892 whilst he was in Paris. Dewhurst chief connection with JW, however, was as a guarantor of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers exhibition in 1898/1899 (see #02352, #02355). JW had become its Chairman and then President in 1898.

Bibliography:

Johnson, J., and A. Greutzner, The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980.