John Elliott was a painter, designer and architect. He was the husband of Maud Howe (1854-1948), cousin and biographer of Francis Marion Crawford. They lived in the Palazzo Rusticucci in the Borgo, Rome.
Elliott studied at the Académie Julian, Paris where he was a pupil of Carolus Duran and in Rome with José Villegas. Later he enjoyed the patronage of a number of American collectors including Mrs Berthe Honorée Palmer (for whom he designed a decorative scheme for her house in Chicago). He also made portraits of Julia Ward Howe, Lady Cromer and the Duke of Cambridge. There is a collection of his work, including a chalk drawing Julia Ward Howe (1901), in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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