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Octavius Oakley (1800-1867), Watercolourist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 6 portraits
Octavius Oakley, watercolourist, initially worked for a cloth manufacturer near Leeds. He developed into a specialist of portraits in watercolour and enjoyed the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire. From living in Derby where he depicted rustic scenes, he moved to Leamington Spa in Warwickshire in 1836, but returned to London in the 1840s and worked there until his death, producing paintings of street scenes and gypsies and their lifestyle.