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Henry Herbert La Thangue RA ROI NEAC (1859-1929)

Henry Herbert La Thangue, RA ROI NEAC (1859-1929)

Through his rustic genre scenes and landscapes, Henry Herbert La Thangue became a leading exponent of the British approach to Impressionism at the turn of the century.

H H La Thangue was the son of a clerk in the General Register Office, who was of French Huguenot descent. He was born at 4 St John’s Grove, Croydon, on 19 January 1859, and educated at Dulwich College, where his contemporaries included the future painters, Alexander Stanhope Forbes and Frederick Goodall. He studied at Lambeth School of Art and then the Royal Academy Schools, where he won a gold medal and a travelling scholarship. His first exhibits appeared at the Society of British Artists (from 1877) and the Royal Academy (from 1878).

With the additional help of a letter of introduction from Frederic Leighton, the President of the Royal Academy, La Thangue went to Paris in 1880 to study under Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. While in France, he spent his summers working with Stanhope Forbes on the Brittany coast (1881-83), and with James Harvard Thomas in the Rhône Valley (1883).

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