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Leonard Campbell Taylor RA ROI RP (1874-1969)

Leonard Campbell Taylor, RA ROI RP (1874-1969)

Leonard Campbell Taylor was one the most successful and sought-after British painters working between the wars, known equally through the exhibition of originals and the dissemination of reproductions. Though wide-ranging in his subject matter, he became particularly associated with beautifully observed interiors inhabited by serene young women, which were often compared to those of Vermeer.

Leonard Campbell Taylor was born in Oxford on 12 December 1874, the second of four sons of James Taylor, organist of New College and the University of Oxford, and Eliza Ann (née Stone). He was educated at the Dragon School, Oxford, and then as a scholar at Cheltenham College. He studied art at the Ruskin School, in Oxford, and St John’s Wood School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, both in London. He began to exhibit regularly at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1899, while he was living at 61 Broadhurst Gardens, Hampstead.

Moving to Surrey in the first decade of the twentieth century, Taylor began to exhibit regularly at the Royal Institute of Painters in Oils (being elected a member in 1905) and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (a member in 1909).

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