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Alfred Fitzwalter Grace, 1844-1903

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1844
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Date of Death: 1903.11.12
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Alfred Fitzwalter Grace was a landscape and portrait painter. He married the enamel painter Emily M. Grace.

Life:

Grace, who specialised in landscape views of the South Downs as well as in portrait miniatures, studied at Heatherley's and at the R.A. Schools where he was a Turner gold medalist. He was the author of A Course of Landscape Painting (1881).

He exhibited from 1865 at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, Dudley Art Gallery, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery, Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery and Society of British Artists in London, as well as at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Scottish Academy, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery.

In 1875 he was elected a member of the Society of British Artists, a Society which was to appoint JW its President in 1886.

Grace was friends with JW and was amongst those proposed invitees to a dinner organised by W. C. Symons to congratulate JW on becoming an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, a dinner which was to be held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889 (#05636).

Bibliography:

Wood, Christopher, Dictionary of Victorian Artists, Woodbridge, 1971; Johnson, J., and Anna Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980.