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Walter Greaves (1846-1930), Painter

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Greaves was the son of a Chelsea boat builder and waterman. He and his brother Henry became studio assistants for James McNeill Whistler, 1863-5, and were taught by him to paint. In 1911 an exhibition of Greaves's paintings closed after he was accused of passing off unfinished works by Whistler as his own. His reputation ruined, it was not until 1921 that he was rescued from penury by prominent artists, including Augustus John and William Nicholson.

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