Herbert James Draper England
11-10-1863 London, ENG – 9-22-1920 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Herbert James Draper was a painter of powerful and sensuous imaginative works who enjoyed considerable success around 1900. However, his work has been little studied, because his fluent academic draftsmanship, the result of a training received in Paris, rapidly became unfashionable in the 20th century. His merits are only now being reassessed.
He went on to study art at the Royal Academy. He undertook several educational trips to Rome and Paris between 1888 and 1892, having won the Royal Academy Gold Medal and Travelling Studentship in 1889. In the 1890s, he worked as an illustrator, eventually settling in London. In 1891.
Herbert James Draper's most productive period began in 1894. He focused mainly on mythological themes from ancient Greece. His painting "The Lament For Icarus" from 1898 won the gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900 and was later bought for the Tate Gallery by the Chantrey Trustees. He was also responsible for the decoration of the ceiling of the Drapers' Hall in the City of London. In later years as the public tastes changed and mythological scenes became less popular he concentrated more on portraits.
During his lifetime Herbert James Draper was quite famous and a well-known portrait painter. He died at the age of 56, in his home on Abbey Road. In his last years his popularity faded, though there has recently been a revival of interest in his work on the art market. The sale of his painting The Sea Maiden by the Royal Cornwall Museum in 2010, to help secure its finances, generated debate about the policy of disposing of art works for this purpose.
Art Movement: Victorian Classicism
Traveled: France, Italy