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date: 15 October 2019

Menpes, Mortimerlocked

(b Port Adelaide, Australia, Feb 22, 1855; d Pangbourne, England, April 1, 1938).
  • Rosemary T. Smith

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(b Port Adelaide, Australia, Feb 22, 1855; d Pangbourne, England, April 1, 1938).

British painter and etcher of Australian birth. He studied at the Adelaide School of Design with John Hood. In 1875 his family moved to London and he married. Three years later he enrolled at the South Kensington School of Design, studying with Edward John Poynter. In 1880 Menpes went on a sketching tour of Brittany and later that year met Whistler. He left art school to study informally with Whistler, learning much from him about composition and etching technique. Menpes’s reputation was soon established. He regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy, was elected to the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers in 1881 and became a member of the Society of British Artists in 1885. In 1887 he began an extended journey to Japan. When he returned, his Japanese paintings formed the first of many successful one-man exhibitions; the exhibition was hold at Dowdeswell, London.

In 1900 Menpes worked as a war artist in South Africa for the ...

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