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Herbert Charles Osterstock

(1876-1942), 'Sphinx'' cartoonist at The Whitehall Gazette, photographer and illustrator

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Born in Camberwell to a German family who came over to England in the 1820s. Overcoming a disability - he was deaf - he became a talented artist and was commission to paint many heads of State who visited this country from the Commonwealth, including our Royal Family, all for publication in Whitehall Gazette and St. James Review under the title of Sphinx. At the same time he undertook commissions to paint many botanical images for the John Innes Institute at Merton, just outside London, where he became their resident artist. His main contribution to the John Innes Institute were his fine portraits of tulips for two books by the Director of the Institute, Sir Daniel Hall.

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Paul gillard

10 September 2018, 16:49

I would be most interested in seeing this image of William Bateson.....for the artist was my Grandfather and I am currently
putting together an album of his work, and am very willing to share some images of him whilst he was resident artist to
the John Innes Institute , known there for his excellent paintings of tulips which illustrated the books of Sir Daiel Hall who
was the Director of the Institute at that time. He was a gifted artist despite having to cope with being deaf and dumb. On
the web site for William Bateson there are many illustrations shown, but no clue if any are the work of my grandfather. I do
hope you can help me in my quest, in return for which am willing to exchange more snippets about him,
Paul Gillard

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