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Arthur George Bell R.I. R.O.I.

British born, 1849 – 1916

Artist Profile

Arthur George Bell

British born, 1849 – 1916

Arthur George Bell, was born at St Dunstan’s-in-the-East, City of London in 1849, son of George Bell, a London bookseller, and his wife Hannah.

Arthur was educated at City of London School and at the Slade School of Fine Art and later a pupil of Jean-Léon Gérome (1824-1904) and Charles Auguste Émile Durand, known as Carolus-Duran (1837-1917) at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He married at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire in 1882 to Nancy who was an author and translator.

Bell was a painter and illustrator and in 1888 a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club in which year he exhibited three paintings ‘The River Blyth’, ‘Return of the Haymakers’ and ‘The Landing Place’ and was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy from 1879; the Royal Institute of Painters in Oil Colours and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colour. By 1891, they had moved to ‘Ruthkeah’, St Catherine’s Road, Christchurch, Hampshire and by 1911 had left Hampshire for 42 Queens Road, Richmond, Surrey.

Arthur died at Southbourne-on-sea, Bournemouth, Dorset on 24 September 1916, aged 67 and where he had been living since at least 1912. His wife Nancy’s (Nancy D’Anvers) books include a series ‘An Elementary History of Painting’ (1883); ‘An Elementary History of Art’ (1888); ‘Masterpieces of the Great Artists AD 1400-1700’ (1893); ‘The Student’s Handbook of Art’ (1895); ‘Thomas Gainsborough’ (1897); ‘Representative Painters of the XIXth Century’ (1899); ‘The Saints in Christian Art’ (1901-04); ‘Tintoretto’ (1905); ‘Paolo Veronese’ (1904); ‘Architecture’ 1913; ‘Mantegna’ 1911.


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