John Byam Liston Shaw England
11-13-1872 Madras, IND - 1-26-1919 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
John Byam Liston Shaw was born in India, Byam Shaw's father John was the registrar of the High Court at Madras. The family returned to England in 1878 where they settled in Kensington. He showed early artistic promise, and in 1887 his work was shown to John Everett Millais, who recommended that the 15-year-old should enter the St John's Wood Art School. There, he first met fellow artists Gerald Fenwick Metcalfe (also born in India) and Rex Vicat Cole. He also met Evelyn Pyke-Nott, his future wife. From 1890, Shaw studied at the Royal Academy Schools where he won the Armitage Prize in 1892 for his work The Judgement of Solomon.
Throughout his career John Byam Liston Shaw worked competently in a wide variety of media including oils, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink and deployed techniques such as dyeing and gilding. He was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and took many of his subjects from the poems of Rossetti.
Later in his life his popularity as an artist waned, and he turned to teaching for his living. He taught at the Women’s Department of King's College London from 1904 and in 1910, with Rex Vicat Cole, he founded the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art later renamed simply the "Byam Shaw School of Art". Evelyn Shaw had an active role in the new school, teaching the miniatures class, her area of expertise. Shaw had had a long association with the artist and illustrator Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, who taught at the new school.
At the outbreak of the First World War John Byam Liston Shaw and Vicat Cole enlisted in the Artists Rifles although Shaw soon transferred to the Special Constabulary.
Art Movement: Pre-Raphaelite