Albert Chevallier Tayler
(1862 - 1925)
Albert Chevallier Tayler was active/lived in United Kingdom, England. Albert Tayler is known for portrait, figure and genre painting, sporting events.
Albert Chevallier Tayler
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Albert Chevallier Tayler was an important English artist who specialized in portrait and genre painting, but was also involved in the plein-aire* methods of the Newlyn School.* He was a member of the British Royal Academy of Painters, and he studied at Heatherley's School of Art, Royal Academy Schools and with avant-garde painters in Paris. He was educated at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire.
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He is most known for his twelve year involvement with the Newlyn School* of painting. The Newlyn school was spawned after many international artists followed the En plein air school in France, whereby artists would leave Paris and take up rural life in small colonies of kindred painters. Thence, as artists returned from France to their own countries, they sought out remote locations to congregate and pursue the En plein air method. The Newlyn School is also known as British Impressionism.
A typical painting of this early period is A Dress Rehearsal (1888), hung in the National Museums Liverpool. This painting makes use of light and shadow and is based upon a genre scene as might have occurred in Cornwall. The Newlyn School drew their subjects from everyday life in the local area. Other associate artists of the Newlyn School were Henry Scott Tuke, Thomas Cooper Gotch, Stanhope Forbes, Leghe Suthers, Walter Langley and Elizabeth Armstrong.
During the 1890s he maintained connections with the art center of London and exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy; however, about the turn of the century he moved to London and converted to a more genteel, urban lifestyle. Tayler began painting more grand scenes of the cities of Europe. In 1901 he painted one of his largest and most masterful works, The Ceremony of the Garter, depicting the famous late Middle Ages scene at Eltham Palace in which the fallen garter of Joan of Kent is picked up by King Edward III. This event circa 1348 led to Edward III founding the Order of the Garter.
By 1903 Tayler was renowned and was commissioned to paint a large panel at the Royal Exchange in London; the resultant painting of The Five Kings depicts Kings Edward III of England, David of Scotland, Peter I of Cyprus, John of France and Waldemar IV of Denmark partaking in a feast hosted by the Master of the Society of Vintners in London in 1363.
Tayler was an avid cricketer, and in 1905 produced a set of twelve watercolours of famous and mostly royal cricket players. Lord Leverhulme used the series to produce lithographs and advertise his Lever Brothers soap products. The promotion proved popular, and The National Portrait Gallery, London has nine of these images hung. In 1906 he painted a famous picture of a cricket match in progress, Kent v Lancashire at Canterbury, which was commissioned by Kent.
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One of the most popular and gregarious members of the Newlyn School, Alexander Chevalier Tayler spent over ten years of his career sharing the aims and ideals of the Newlyn colony of artists. His works are characterised by a singular ability to capture the sincerity and charm implicit in everyday subject matter. In 1895 Tayler left Newlyn and set up a studio in London. At the time Norman Garstin commented ‘he has folded up his sketching umbrella and silently stolen up to Kensington’ (quoted in Caroline Fox, Stanhope Forbes and the Newlyn School, p. 69).
Alexander Chevalier Tayler was born at Leytonstone in Essex, the son of a solicitor. He won a scholarship to the Slade School of Art in 1879, and later studied in Paris where he attended the ateliers of Jean-Paul Laurens and Carolus-Duran.
In 1884 the artist arrived in Newlyn, where he was to stay intermittently until 1895. There he stayed at Bellevue where Alexander Stanhope Forbes and Blandford Fletcher were also living. He also travelled abroad to paint, including a visit to Venice sponsored by Arthur Tooth in 1887, and a trip to Boulogne in 1890, which resulted in his picture La Vie Boulonnaise being exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1891.
Tayler was greatly affected by his religious convictions and converted to Roman Catholicism circa 1887. There followed a phase of specifically Roman Catholic subjects, such as The Last Blessing, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1890. By the time he moved to London in 1895, Tayler had renounced his interest in plein-air naturalism, and up until his death he concentrated mainly on scenes of fashionable society life, dinner parties and drawing-rooms.
He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1904 and became a full member in 1910. He won a medal at the Paris Salon in 1891, and was Honourary Secretary of the Royal British Colonial Society of Artists.
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