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Joseph Kirkpatrick (1872-1938)

Joseph Kirkpatrick (1872-circa 1938)

Though best known for his watercolours of English rural scenes, Joseph Kirkpatrick was more wide-ranging than his reputation suggests. He painted seductive images of Jamaica and Morocco, and also produced oils and various kinds of print.

Joseph Kirkpatrick was born in West Derby, Liverpool, Lancashire, and baptised there on 5 January 1873. He was the son of Andrew Edward Kirkpatrick, a collector for the Friendly Society, and his wife, Frances Elizabeth (née Wain). First studying locally under John Finnie at Liverpool School of Art, he went on to the Académie Julian, in Paris, where his teachers were William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Gabriel Ferrier. While at Julian’s, he won first prize for drawing from the life (1893) and first prize for portraiture from life (1894).

On returning to Liverpool, Kirkpatrick took a studio at the central address of Castle Street, and established himself in the artistic life of the city.

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