Alfred Elmore was an English painter born of Irish parents. His father was a doctor.
Elmore's art education was spent in London at the R.A. schools from 1832 and following this at an atelier in France. He also travelled to Munich and Italy, staying in Rome for two years and returning to Britain in 1844. He regularly exhibited at the R.A. from 1834, painting large historical or literary subjects, e.g. Rienzi at the Forum (1844; Private Collection). He was elected A.R.A. in 1845 and R.A. in 1857.
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