English painter Herbert James Draper painted imaginative subjects and portraits of his contemporaries during the Victorian era.
Draper studied art at London s Royal Academy and took many education trips to France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Belgium and The Netherlands.
Draper first received recognition in art for a wall decoration in 1887 where the prize for first place was 40. After exhibiting at the Royal Academy, Draper became a very popular painter in his day.
In the 1890s, Draper was a productive painter and he focused on mainly Ancient Greek mythological themes. Draper s homage to mythology The Lament for Icarus won the gold medal at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris.