Artist biography

Henry OSPOVAT 1877–1909

Illustrator, caricaturist, draughtsman and occasional portrait painter. Born 1877 in Russia of Jewish parents who settled in Manchester when he was a boy. Studied at the R.C.A. from 1897; influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, Watts, who encouraged him, and Ricketts. Worked with T.R. Way on lithography. Illustrated Shakespeare, Matthew Arnold and Browning 1899–1902. Visited Paris 1903. First exhibition at the Baillie Gallery 1908. Engaged on a series of caricatures of ‘Stars of the Music Hall Stage’ when he died on 2 January 1909. Memorial exhibition at the Baillie Gallery 1909.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II