FAMAG 1923.12

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Strang, William RA (1859-1921): Dr Warre-Cornish, Vice-Provost of Eton College (1839-1916), signed, oil on canvas, 59.5 x 49.5 cms. Presented to the Corporation of Falmouth in 1923 by Alfred A. de Pass, in memory of his sons.

About the frame

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A British nineteenth-century Régence-revival frame, with applied moulded composition ornament; ogee profile with straight rails; scrolling foliate cartouche corners and centres with centre rosettes, the corners with shells; small sanded frieze; acanthus-&-shell sight moulding; ornamented back edge; gilded finish.

About the Artist

William Strang was born in Dumbarton, Scotland. His first job, at the age of 15, was as an apprentice clerk for a shipbuilding firm, William Denny and Bros. He studied art at the Slade School of Art under Poynter and Legros, and at the Academie Julian, Paris. He started his career as a greatly accomplished etcher but also showed great promise as a painter and in 1879 he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Dresden International exhibition. Between 1880 and 1900 he produced over 750 prints. He exhibited his paintings, mostly portraiture, at the Royal Academy and the New England Arts Club. Two of his paintings, 'Bank Holiday' (1912) and Self Portrait (1921), were bought for the nation by the Chantrey Bequest.