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Arthur Douglas Peppercorn, 1847-1926

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1847.02.28
Place of Birth: London
Date of Death: 1926
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Arthur Douglas Peppercorn was a landscape painter and watercolourist.


Peppercorn, nicknamed 'our English Corot', worked in a style and subject matter reminiscient of Corot and the Barbizon school of painters, whom he met in Paris whilst studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1870 under Gérôme. He was also greatly influenced by the Dutch landscape and genre painter Matthew Maris. He mainly painted woodland scenes and later marine scapes.

Peppercorn was an active exhibitior in London from 1869, showing at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Fine Art Society, Dudley Gallery, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery, New English Art Club, Society of British Artists, a society that appointed JW its President in 1886, and International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, a society that formed with JW as its President in 1898. He also held one-man shows at the Goupil Galleries. He was elected a member of the New English Art Club in 1887, of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1896 and of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1897, resigning from the latter in 1903. In 1926 a memorial exhibition of his work was held at the Leicester Galleries.

Peppercorn was among those who attended a dinner organised by W. C. Symons to congratulate JW on being made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, a dinner held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889 (#04634).


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