John Reinhard Weguelin (1849-1927)
Born on 23rd June 1849. The son of a vicar of South Stoke, near Arundel in Sussex, who had presumably turned Roman Catholic, he was educated at Cardinal Newman's Oratory School in Edgbaston.A British painter of genre, classical, biblical and historical subjects, much influenced by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Studied at the Slade School under Poynter and Legros.
Exhibited from 1877 at the Royal Academy, Society of British Artists, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery and elsewhere. Titles at the RA including 'The Labour of the Danaids' (1878), 'Herodias and her Daughter' (1884) and 'The Piper and the Nymphs' (1897). After 1893 he worked solely in watercolour.In 1996, in Chepstow, south Wales, the BBC's Antiques Roadshow discovered a picture by Weguelin entitled 'Mermaids' (1910). Lived for a time at Hastings and died on 28th April 1927.
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