Artist biography

Sir Walter RUSSELL 1867–1949

Painter of portraits, landscapes and interiors. Born 31 May 1867 in Epping, Essex, son of a bookbinder. Studied under Frederick Brown at the Westminster School of Art. After leaving c. 1891 worked as illustrator and etcher. Assistant Professor at the Slade School 1895–1927. Began exhibiting at the N.E.A.C. 1893, member 1895. One-man exhibition at the Goupil Galleries 1910. Served in the Royal Engineers 1916–19 and worked at camouflage. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1898; A.R.A. 1920, R.A. 1926, Keeper 1927–42. Member of the International Society 1906, the National Portrait Society 1910, and the R.W.S. 1930. Trustee of the Tate Gallery 1927–34 and 1938–44. Lived in Chelsea, worked often in Yorkshire, Blakeney, Norfolk, and Shoreham, Sussex; visited Venice 1926. C.V.O. 1931; knighted 1935. Died in London 16 April 1949. Memorial exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery 1950.

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