Horace Mann LIVENS 1862–1936
Painter and etcher of quiet interiors, landscapes, townscapes, flowers and poultry. Born 16 December 1862 in Croydon, Surrey, son of a Colonial broker. Began studying under Walter Wallis at Croydon School of Art, while working in his father's office in the City. Worked under Verlat at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, c. 1885, where he met Van Gogh, who afterwards invited him to Paris. There Livens spent some time studying French painting and was influenced by Whistler and Japanese prints. Exhibited at the R.A. 1890–9, N.E.A.C. 1896–1904, Grosvenor Gallery and abroad. First one-man exhibition at the Goupil Gallery 1911. Foundation Associate and from 1907 member of the International Society. Illustrated E. V. Lucas's London Revisited 1916. Continued to exhibit till 1929; later became paralysed and died at Harrow 5 October 1936.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I