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Joseph Benwell Clark

(1857-1938), Artist

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Alphonse Legros, by Joseph Benwell Clark - NPG D18054

Alphonse Legros

by Joseph Benwell Clark
drypoint, 1880
NPG D18054

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Eric Galvin

23 November 2015, 16:31

Joseph Benwell Clark was the nephew of Joseph Clark ROI (1834-1926). Both were born in Cerne Abbas Dorset. Joseph Benwell Clark lived with his uncle in Holloway North London whilst studying at Slade School of Art and in the early years of his career. He retired to Cerne Abbas in the early 1920s.

Catherine Wallace

31 August 2015, 18:04

This etching of Legros was done whilst Benwell Clark was a student at the Slade School of Art alongside Henry Scott Tuke who attended the Slade from 1875 - 1879, Thomas Cooper Gotch and William Strang. See portrait of Benwell Clark in ' H.S.Tuke A Memoir by Maria Tuke Sainsbury' Secker 1933 opp.sit page 32 by Henry Scott Tuke. Clark's etching is very similar to Legros own etching style when applied to portraiture as was Tuke's. Tuke and Clark met up again when they both were students at Laurens Atelier, Paris in 1881 - 82 and they encountered each other again in 1913 when Tuke became a tutor at the Life room at the Royal Academy School s where Benwell Clark was Curator.

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