Stanhope Alexander Forbes Ireland

11-18-1857 Dublin, IRL - 3-2-1947 Cornwall, ENG

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Forbes, Stanhope Alexander

Schooled at Dulwich College, Stanhope Alexander Forbes studied art under John Sparkes who later taught at South Kensington School of Art. His father then worked for the Luxembourg Railway and after a period of poor health Forbes was removed from Dulwich College and studied under private teachers in Brussels. This also afforded additional time to draw. After the end of the Franco-Prussian War, the Forbes returned to London.

Dulwich College professor John Sparkes helped influence William Forbes of his son's artistic talent, Stanhope Forbes then attended Lambeth School of Art (now the City & Guilds of London Art School). By 1878 he attended the Royal Academy under Sir Frederic Leighton and Sir John Millais.

Stanhope Alexander Forbes returned to Ireland for a few months to visit Dr. Andrew Melville, family friend and Queen's College professor. He also received his first commission for a portrait. Back in London and at the age of 18, he received another commission for a portrait of a doctor's daughter, Florence.

He then studied at the private atelier of Léon Bonnat in Clichy, Paris from 1880 to 1882. Henry Herbert La Thangue who also attended Dulwich College, Lambeth School of Art and the Royal Academy came to Paris, too, and studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Arthur Hacker, a friend from the Royal Academy joined Stanhope Alexander Forbes at Bonnat's atelier. In 1881 Forbes and La Thangue went to Cancale, Brittany and painted en plein air, like Jules Bastien-Lepage, which became a technique that Forbes used throughout his career.

Having completed his studies in France, Forbes returned to London and showed works he made in Brittany at the 1883 Royal Academy and Royal Hibernian Academy shows.

The artist colony received national attention with the Royal Academy exhibition of Stanhope Alexander Forbes works in 1885. Henry Tate bought The Health of the Bride, which is now at the Tate Gallery in London.

Art Movement: Realism
Influences: Frederic Leighton, John Millais, Léon Bonnat, Jules Bastien-Lepage
Traveled: France, England, Belgium
Influenced: Mabel Mary Spanton, Charles Hannaford
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