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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Alfred William Rich (1856-1922), Watercolour painter

Watercolour painter and teacher; born 4 March 1856 in Gravely, Sussex. Apprenticed to a heraldic draughtsman 1871; mature student at the Slade School, where studied under Alphonse Legros and Frederick Walker 1890–96; elected to New English Art Club 1898; prolific exhibitor of landscapes at NEAC 1896–1922; though conservative in technique (‘Mr Rich would always accept a convention rather than do a noisy thing with his colour’), [1] scorned the studio and easel for outdoor work; his manual Watercolour-Painting (1918) became a classic; died while taking a sketching tour, 7 September 1921, at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Carol Blackett-Ord

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1) AJ, 1907, p.149.

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Chambers 2002
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McConkey 2006
McConkey, K., The New English: A History of the New English Art Club, London, 2006.

Mallalieu 2002
Mallalieu, H.L., The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920, 2 vols, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2002.

Messum 2010
Messum, D., The Magic and Poetry of Everyday Life: Paintings Past and Present from the New English Art Club, London, 2010.

Who was Who 1929
Who Was Who, vol.2, A Companion to Who’s Who Containing the Biographies of Those Who Died During the Period 1916–1928, London, 1929.