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Slade School country picnic

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Slade School country picnic, by Unknown photographer, April 1899 - NPG x38484 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Slade School country picnic

by Unknown photographer
vintage bromide print, April 1899
6 3/4 in. x 10 in. (173 mm x 255 mm)
Purchased, 2004
Photographs Collection
NPG x38484


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In 1894 John entered the Slade School, London, where he was joined the following year by his sister, Gwen John. During his second year he transformed himself from a neat, methodical student to a wild, anarchical figure. His exceptional talent was recognised and he won the Slade Prize with Moses and the Brazen Serpent, 1898. This photograph records a country picnic arranged by Augustus John's landlady Mrs Everett. John sits on a horse at the centre of the scene alongside William Orpen, with whom John would found the Chelsea Art School in 1903.

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