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Born in Nottingham, England, in 1861, he lived most of his life in Birmingham, and became an exponent of the British Arts and Crafts school of painting. A Quaker by faith, he was an articled clerk in an architectural firm in Birmingham before deciding to become a painter.From 1882, he attended classes at the Birmingham School of Art, and had become a leading painter in that town by the 1890s. He visited Italy in 1883, staying for thirteen weeks, and returning after 1885 on a research trip on behalf of John Ruskin, whom he had met through an uncle. Subsequenly, he visited Italy and France for long stays in spring and fall.
Southall also became a good friend of Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones, whom he visited frequently in London between 1893 and 1897.
1898 elected Associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA)
1901 co-founder of the Society of Painters in Tempera along with J.D. Batten and Walter Crane
1902 elected Full Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA)
1933, Southall was appointed Professor of Painting at the RBSA, becoming President in 1939.
In 1901 he had founded the Society of Painters in Tempera along with J. D. Batten and Walter Crane.
1897-1909 The New Gallery
1899-1909 Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society
1895-1897 Royal Academy
1923-1942 Royal Academy
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
1910 Galeries Georgs Petit in Paris
1922 Alpine Club
His work was also shown at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mastro Auctions, December 2006
Peter Hastings Falk (Editor), Exhibition Records of the Art Institute of Chicago