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William John Wainwright

 (1855 - 1931)
William John Wainwright was active/lived in Europe, United Kingdom, England.  William Wainwright is known for portrait, figure, genre paintings.

William John Wainwright

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Birmingham-born William Wainwright was educated at Sedgley Park College, near Wolverhampton.  Aged 14, he left to be apprenticed as a stained glass designer at John Hardman & Co.  They nurtured his artistic potential, and in 1880 they supported him to study painting in Antwerp under Verlat. From Antwerp he went on to Paris in 1881, where he continued with his studies until 1884.

Returning to Britain, Wainwright lived in London for a time while looking for new painting grounds. With encouragement from Walter Langley, Edwin Harris and Charles Napier Hemy, he decided to settle in Newlyn (which he had first visited in 1881) and is one of the painters in the 1884 group photographs of the ‘brotherhood’.

Although Wainwright enjoyed living and working in Newlyn, the brightness of the sunlight affected his eyesight, causing him eventually to lose the sight in one eye.  He also decided that he preferred figure painting in his studio, so he abandoned plein air painting and the Newlyn School style. 

In 1886 he returned to live in Birmingham, where, four years later, he married Bertha Mary Powell, with whom he had eight children. He was one of the founding members of the Birmingham Art Circle. Wainwright died on 1 August, 1931, age 76 in Birmingham.

"William John Wainwright," Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, Web, 1/2018

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William John Wainwright PRBSA (1855–1931) was a painter who spent most of his life in Birmingham, England. He trained at the Birmingham School of Art under the headship of Edward R. Taylor, and started his career as an apprentice at the stained-glass firm Hardman & Co.

In 1879, Wainwright founded the Birmingham Art Circle with four other artists including Walter Langley.

Wainwright was associated with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) for 50 years until his death in 1931.

During that time he achieved a number of ‘firsts’ being one of the first Associate members in 1881, the first President chosen from the ranks of the membership in 1927, and the first to have a solo exhibition of his works in 1928.

"William John Wainwright," Wikipedia, 1/4/2018

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About  William John Wainwright

Born:  1855 - Birmingham, England
Died:   1931 - Birmingham, England
Known for:  portrait, figure, genre paintings