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John Henry Frederick Bacon ARA (1865-1914)

John Henry Frederick Bacon, ARA (1865-1914)

John Henry Frederick Bacon was not only a painter of portraits and scenes of contemporary and historical genre, but also an accomplished illustrator, who was equally successful in black and white and colour.
The second son of the well-known lithographer, John Cardanall Bacon, John Henry Frederick Bacon revealed his artistic talent at an early age. While still in his teens, he established himself as a black-and-white illustrator, and undertook a professional tour of India and Burma. He studied at Westminster School of Art, under Fred Brown, and at the Royal Academy Schools, winning the Creswick Prize for Landscape Painting in 1888. A year later, he began to exhibit regularly at the Royal Academy of Arts, and then showed portraits, genre scenes and history subjects widely in London and the provinces. He was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1903.
Following their marriage in 1894, Bacon and his wife lived at Pillar House, Harwell, Berkshire (which was subsequently occupied by the illustrator, Leslie Brooke).

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