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Algernon Talmage RA RBA HRE ROI RWA (1871-1939)

Algernon Mayow Talmage, RA RBA HRE ROI RWA (1871-1939)

Talmage is principally known as a painter of plein-air pastorals and equestrian subjects in a restrained yet sparkling Impressionist manner. During the First World War, he applied his passion for painting animals in landscape settings to his work as an official war artist for the Canadian Government.

Algernon Talmage was born in Fifield, Oxfordshire, on 23 February 1871, the younger of the two sons of the Rev John Mayow Talmage, the Rector of Fifield and Idbury, and his second wife, Susan (née Penkivil). Both his mother and his paternal grandmother were of Cornish stock. During his childhood, he was involved in an accident with a gun, which crippled his right hand. As a result, he would paint with his left hand, and be exempted from active service in the First World War.

Little is known of Talmage’s early education, though it has been variously suggested that he spent a short time at university and that he had some experience as an actor.

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