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Harry Van der Weyden ROI (1868-1952)

Harry Van der Weyden, ROI (1868-1952)

Having worked in France as an American Impressionist, Harry Van der Weyden then reinvented himself as a British painter, serving as a camouflage officer with Royal Engineers during the First World War, and producing a notable series of war subjects.

Harry Van der Weyden was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 8 September 1868, the son of Henry Van Der Weyde, the Dutch-born American painter and photographer. Henry Van Der Weyde married Mona Wetherbee at the Swedenborgian Church in Boston in 1867, and migrated to London in 1870. The family was living at The Birches, Jasper Road, Norwood, in 1871, and possibly at Van Der Weyde’s studio at 182 Regent Street, Westminster, in 1882.

In 1887, Harry won a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art, where he studied under Alphonse Legros. In 1890, he moved to Paris, where he studied at the Académie Julian under Benjamin Constant, Jean-Paul Laurens and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre. Exhibiting at the Paris Salon from 1891, he won a third class gold medal in that year.

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