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Alfred William Rich (1856-1922), Watercolour painter
Sitter in 2 portraits
Rich began his artistic career working for a firm of heraldic painters from 1870 until 1890, when he started studying at the Slade School of art. His first public exhibition was at his studio in Croydon in 1896, followed by showings at the New English Art Club and several other art galleries. His book Watercolour Painting (1918) was published as part of the popular New Art Library and remained in print for nearly fifty years as a standard work on the subject. A scholarship in his name was established at the Slade School in 1934 and is still awarded annually. After his death, Walker's Galleries held a retrospective of his work in 1923 and Manchester City Art Gallery held a memorial exhibition in 1928.