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11 People in sitter grouping: Clique

Preceded only by Girtin's Sketching club, the Clique was one of the first artists' clubs in Britain, active from 1838-1842. Established by a group of friends who were studying at The Royal Academy and felt restricted by the traditional style of tuition, the meetings were usually hosted by Richard Dadd, at his lodgings on Queen Street, London. The group would meet weekly to draw and discuss art, finishing their sessions with refreshments and a review of the evening's work. Their work was heavily influenced by literature and narrative, a theme that can be seen in some of their later individual and collaborative works. This informal art group structure would become a model for future cliques such as the St. John's Wood group.

Thomas Creswick

1811-1869
Landscape painter
Sitter in 3 portraits

Richard Dadd

1817-1886
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 1 portrait

Augustus Leopold Egg

1816-1863
Genre and history painter
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Alfred Elmore

1815-1881
History and genre painter
Sitter in 6 portraits

William Powell Frith

1819-1909
Painter
Sitter in 24 portraits | Artist associated with 5 portraits

John Imray

1820-1902
Engineer and patent attorney
Sitter associated with 1 portrait

Thomas Musgrove Joy

1812-1866
Genre and Portrait painter
Artist associated with 2 portraits

Henry Nelson O'Neil

1817-1880
Painter
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

John Phillip

1817-1867
Portrait and subject painter
Sitter in 11 portraits | Artist associated with 5 portraits

William Bell Scott

1811-1890
Poet and painter
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits

Edward Matthew Ward

1816-1879
History painter
Sitter in 16 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits