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Frederick Brown

(1851-1941), Painter and teacher

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 8 portraits
At twenty-six Brown was appointed Head of the Westminster School of Art. After spending the winter of 1883-4 studying in Paris, he began to reform the teaching of art, and by the end of the 1880s Westminster was regarded as the most progressive art school in London. He went on to become Slade Professor of Fine Art at University College, London. In 1886 Brown co-founded the New English Art Club, a group of British artists who had trained in Paris and felt their work was neglected by the Royal Academy. Early exhibitors included Steer, Sickert, and Whistler. Brown drew up the constitution, sat on all the committees and juries, and encouraged his Slade students to exhibit there.


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