Brown, Sir John Arnesby RA (1866-1955)

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Sir John Arnesby Brown was a distinguished and successful artist who was best known for his atmospheric landscape paintings. He was born in Nottingham and studied at Nottingham School of Art, before entering the studio of Andrew McCallum where he first started to paint outdoors. This was followed by a move to London where he became a pupil of Hubert von Herkomer, and was influenced by Barbizon and Impressionist landscape painters.

Brown spent much of his life at St Ives, Cornwall, between 1890 and 1910, where he came to paint 'en plein air' with artists such as Stanhope Forbes and Adrian Stokes. He was highly respected in Cornwall and was elected President of St Ives Society of Artists.

Sir John Arnesby Brown ranks alongside the top British Impressionists. Three of his paintings were purchased for the nation by the Chantrey Bequest, at a time when it was considered as an 'unprecedented compliment' for an artist to have two works thus selected.

He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1891 and showed there regularly until 1942. He was elected an Associate RA in 1903, exhibited internationally and represented Britain in the Venice Biennale.