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William A. Breakspeare, 1855/1856-1914

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1855 or 1856
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Date of Death: 1914
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William Breakspeare was a London genre painter and illustrator.


William Breakspeare trained at the Birmingham School of Art, and later in Paris. His subjects were mainly genre, or 18th century costume pieces. He was a member of the Newlyn School of painters in Cornwall but is better known a Birmingham artist, and was a founder member of the Birmingham Art Circle. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1891 and 1903.


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; (accessed 2004); Wood, C The Dictionary of Victorian Painters 2nd ed. revised, Woodbridge, 1978.