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Albert Chevalier Tayler, 1862-1925

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1862.04.05
Place of Birth: Leytonstone
Date of Death: 1925.12.10
Place of Death: London

Identity:

Albert Chevalier Tayler was a genre, portrait and landscape painter.

Life:

Tayler studied at Heatherley's, at the Royal Academy Schools and in Paris. He lived for two years in Newlyn in Cornwall before settling in London. He painted historical genre, as well as contemporary genre, for example, A Dress Rehearsal, 1888, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight), which was used in the advertising campaign for Lever's Sunlight Soap. In contrast to JW's call for an art removed from narrative and didactic concerns, Tayler's works, like those of other Newlyn painters, had a tendency to sentimentalise and sermonise. However, he also painted unpeopled interior scenes and portraits. Later in life he turned increasingly to portraiture.

Tayler was an active exhibitor, showing in London from 1884 at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Fine Art Society, Ridley Art Club, Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery, Dowdeswell Galleries, New English Art Club and Society of British Artists, a society that appointed JW its President in 1886. He also exhibited at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Royal Hibernian Academy, Manchester City Art Gallery, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and at the Paris Salon in 1891.

In 1886 he was elected a member of the New English Art Club, a group with which JW exhibited at its opening exhibition. He was also elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1890 and of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1908 .

Tayler was among those proposed invitees to a dinner organised by W. C. Symons to congratulate JW on being made 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 (#00631).

Bibliography:

Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Wood, Christopher, Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Woodbridge, 1971; Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980; McConkey, Kenneth, Memory and Desire: Painting in Britain and Ireland at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, London, 2002.