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Julian Russell Story, 1850-1919

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1850.09.08
Place of Birth: Walton-on-Thames
Date of Death: 1919
Place of Death: Philadelphia, PA


Julian Russell Story was an American genre and portrait painter. He was the son of William Wetmore Story, a sculptor as well as an art critic, poet and literary editor. Julian Story's siblings also pursued artistic careers: Edith Marion (1844-1907), the Marchesa Peruzzi de' Medici, was a writer, and Thomas Waldo (1854-1915) was a sculptor.


Story was a pupil of the American painter, sculptor and etcher Frank Duveneck. He became friendly with JW in the 1880s. A photograph taken in JW's studio in Tite Street in 1881 shows JW with Story, his brother Waldo, the painter Frank Miles and the sculptor Frederick Lawless. Sir Rennell Rodd recalls that particularly in 1882 and 1883 Story, along with his brother Waldo, Frank Miles, Walter Sickert and Harper Pennington were constantly in JW's studio. In December 1882 JW talked of setting up a kind of artist's society, the 'Chelsea Club', in Rossetti's old home, Tudor House on Cheyne Walk. The two Story brothers were to be included in the scheme. JW and Story were in regular correspondence in the late 1880s.

As President of the Royal Society of British Artists, JW proposed Story's brother Waldo as a member in 1887. He was also responsible for Waldo joining the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. Around 1883 JW painted a portrait of Story's sister-in-law Maud, Portrait of Mrs Waldo Story (YMSM 251).


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