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5 People in artist grouping: Shoreham and the Ancients

Widely regarded as the first English example of an artistic brotherhood, the Ancients (active from c.1924) were based on earlier European groups such as the French ‘Primtifs’ and the German ‘Lukasbund’, later known as the ‘Nazarenes’. The Ancients, in turn, would inspire subsequent brotherhoods, such as the Pre-Raphaelites, in the study of medieval and early renaissance art. With their reversion to rustic and sometimes religious landscapes and figure compositions, the work of the Ancients is now appreciated as some of the most enduring work of the Romantic era. The Ancients membership was predominantly made up of students at the Royal Academy, and their traditional and right-leaning political values were reflected in the adoption, by some members, of a uniform of Christ-like robes. Although primarily based in London, the group would spend much of its time in Shoreham, Kent, where the locals looked upon them as eccentrics, as they went about their night time walks.

Francis Oliver Finch

1802-1862
Watercolourist
Sitter in 1 portrait

John Linnell

1792-1882
Painter
Sitter in 8 portraits | Artist associated with 67 portraits

Samuel Palmer

1805-1881
Landscape painter and etcher
Sitter in 5 portraits

George Richmond

1809-1896
Portrait painter and draughtsman; son of Thomas Richmond
Sitter in 14 portraits | Artist associated with 326 portraits

Frederick Tatham

1805-1878
Artist
Artist associated with 4 portraits