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Percy Bigland, ca 1858- d.1926

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1858 ca
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Date of Death: 1926.04.07
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Identity:

Percy Bigland was a portrait, genre and landscape painter. He married Edith Mary Hanbury Aggs.

Life:

Bigland was active from 1882 to 1925, during which time he exhibited in London at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Grosvenor Gallery, Grafton Gallery, New Gallery, Ridley Art Club, New English Art Club and Society of British Artists, a society in which JW served as President from 1886 to 1888. Bigland also exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery. He joined the New English Art Club in 1886, a group with which JW exhibited at their inaugural show in 1888. He was a member of The Arts Club in 1890. In 1891 he was elected to the membership of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

In 1889 Bigland was among those included in the preliminary preparations for a meal to be held at the Criterion on 1 May in celebration of JW's honorary membership of the Royal Academy in Munich (#00631). At this date he was living at 4 Wychcombe Studios, Haverstock Hill, N.W. He also had studios at various times at 9 and 32 (50) Tite Street.

Bibliography:

Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Johnson, J. and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1880; Walkley, Giles, Artists' houses in London 1764-1914, Aldershot, 1994.