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John Sylvester Stannard was the Grandson of John (1794-1882) and son of
Henry Stannard (1844), both well-known Bedfordshire artists. He was
educated at Bedford Modern School and the National Art Training School,
South Kensington. He quickly went on to achieve a reputation for
painting scenes of Bedfordshire. Before his marriage, Stannard resided
at Harpur Place, Bedford but in 1894 he moved to Flitwick.
In 1896 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of British
Artists. As well as his reputation as an accomplished artist at this
time, Stannard also became well known as a lecturer, teacher and judge
of art exhibitions.
His international career began after he received interest and
patronage from the British Royal family. He painted many pictures of
their Sandringham estates, and he received many personal commissions from
Despite his fame, Stannard still supported local exhibitions
including the Bedford Society of Artists and his father's exhibitions in
In 1939 he founded the Midland Sketch Club. It was at the 1950
annual exhibition of this club (in the Bunyan Room of Bedford Public
Library) that Stannard exhibited his last works.
Stannard died on the 21st January 1951 at Bedford Hospital.
His work has been exhibited and held by the Royal Society of British
Artists, London; Royal Academy, London; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool;
Manchester City Art Gallery, Royal Society of Artists; Birmingham; Institute of Painters in Watercolour, London.
Sphinx Fine Art,
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