James BATEMAN 1893–1959
Painter and wood engraver of landscape and cattle, with emphasis on composition and precise drawing. Born 22 March 1893 in Kendal, Westmorland, of farmer stock. Began to study sculpture at Leeds 1910–14; won a scholarship to the R.C.A.; served in the 1914–18 war; in consequence of serious injuries was obliged to give up sculpture for painting. Studied at the Slade School 1919–21 and was Rome Scholarship finalist 1920. Taught at Cheltenham School of Art 1922–8, then at Hammersmith School of Art. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1924, N.E.A.C., Cheltenham Group, Cotswold Group. A.R.E. 1931, A.R.A. 1935, R.A. 1942, A.R.W.S. 1948. Designed camouflage in Warwickshire in the 1939–45 war. Died in London 2 August 1959.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I