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Arthur Ralph Middleton Todd RA RWS RE RP NEAC (1891-1966)


Arthur Ralph Middleton Todd, RA RWS RE RP NEAC (1891-1966)

Middleton Todd has been described, by fellow artist, Robert Buhler, as ‘by far the most sensitive and accomplished painter of his generation’ (Foreword to Works from the Studio of A R Middleton Todd, Stow on the Wold: Fosse Gallery, 1985). His mature achievement as a portraitist was founded on a versatile oeuvre, in which he produced paintings, drawings and etchings of a wide range of subjects that included figures, landscapes and still life compositions. He particularly enjoyed drawing nudes in pastel, in emulation of his hero, Degas. Though modest and self-critical, he passed on many artistic insights as a successful teacher.

Arthur Todd – as he was initially known – was born at 10 Clifton Terrace, Clifton Hill, Newlyn, Cornwall, on 26 October 1891, the younger of two children of the painter, Ralph Todd, and his wife, Vasilesa (née Trahair), the daughter of a builder and carpenter. By 1901, the family had moved a short distance to 10 Carne Road.

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