Artist biography

Herbert J. DRAPER 1863/4–1920

Painter of romantic, literary and historical subjects and portraits. Born in London, exact date uncertain (according to the obituary notices he was born in 1864, but Somerset House does not record the birth of a Herbert James Draper in that year; two boys of that name were born in November 1863). Studied at St John's Wood School of Art and at the R.A. Schools from 1884; won a Prize in 1887 and a Gold Medal and Travelling Scholarship 1890; worked in Paris at the Académie Julian and in Rome 1890–1. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1887 and elsewhere. Decorated the Nurses' Canteen, Guy's Hospital, 1887, and the ceiling at Drapers' Hall 1903. Retrospective exhibition at the Leicester Galleries 1913. Died in London 22 September 1920.

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