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Lawrence Duncan (1836-1913)

Lawrence Duncan (1836-1913)

Growing up in a family of artists, Lawrence Duncan quickly developed into a confident watercolourist of English and French genre scenes and landscapes, which he exhibited mainly at the Royal Academy.

Lawrence Duncan was born in St Pancras, London, on 21 March 1836, the second of five children of the artist, Edward Duncan, and his wife, Berthia, daughter of the marine painter, William Huggins. Two of his brothers, Walter and Allan, also became painters.

Duncan grew up in London, first at 2 Mornington Place, St Pancras, and then, from 1859, at 10 Oakley Villas, Adelaide Road, Hampstead. Probably trained by his father, he began to exhibit in 1860, mainly at the Royal Academy of Arts. Throughout his career, he seems to have maintained a studio at 5 Langham Chambers, Langham Place.

In 1864, Duncan married Blanche Porter, the daughter of a surgeon, in Leigh, nears Sevenoaks, Kent. They seem to have lived in Leigh during the remainder, and their two sons were born there, Claud in 1866 and Leslie in 1868. In subsequent decades, the family lived at Burrows, Hendon (by 1871), Long Ditton Hill, Surrey (by 1881), 9a Oxford & Cambridge Mansions, Marylebone (by 1891, when he stopped exhibiting). During this period, he often painted in Brittany.

Duncan retired to Featherstone House, Hendon, and died at Verfield, Belmont Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire, on 18 July 1913.

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