Sir John Alfred Arnesby Brown R.A.



Artist's Biography & Works For Sale


Sir John Alfred Arnesby Brown was born in Ruddington, near Nottingham on 29 March 1866. He studied at the then Nottingham School of Art, before moving to London where he further developed his artistic skills under the tutelage of landscape artist Andrew McCallum. Here he began to paint outdoors, a practice he continued throughout his career even though many of his paintings were largely composed in the studio. In 1889, he joined a new art school founded by the famous artist and pioneer of social realism in art, Hubert von Herkomer in Bushey, Surrey. During this time he also met his future wife and fellow artist Mia Nee Edwards.

Arnesby Brown developed a speciality in pastoral subjects, which he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy of Arts between 1890 and 1942 to wide acclaim. Among the many paintings he exhibited was ‘The Rain Cloud’ which was described as ‘vigorous and most convincing in its power’. In 1903 he became the first associate of the Academy from Nottingham since Paul and Thomas Sandby and a full Academician in 1915.

Brown and his wife settled in Norfolk, first at Ludham and then at The White House, Haddiscoe, though they spent their winters and springs in St Ives, Cornwall with other open air artists. In 1931 Brown lost his wife but continued to paint and exhibit. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1934 and the following year held a solo show at Norwich Castle Museum. In 1938 Brown was knighted for his efforts and contribution to British Art. He lost his eyesight ten years before his death on 16 November 1955 aged 90. His obituary in the The Times described him as a large, quiet man, yet a good companion and universally liked.

His work is represented in numerous public collections, including Tate, Great Yarmouth Museum, Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery.

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