Arthur Studd (1863 - 1919)

Painter and collector born at Hallerton Hall, Leicestershire. From a monied background he was, all his life of independent means. Studd (known as “Peter”) read history at King's College, Cambridge, 1884–87 where his peers included Roger Fry. He went on to study art under Legros at the Slade School 1888–89, and at the Académie Julian, Paris, 1889. He visited Le Pouldu in Brittany, 1890, where he befriended Gauguin and De Haan. Although strongly influenced by Gauguin, his style changed after he had worked with Whistler 1892-95. Visited Samoa and Tahiti about 1898. However, he did not become completely acquainted with Whistler until his return to London in 1894, when he became Whistler's neighbour in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. They painted together at Lyme Regis, Dorset and in Dieppe. The subdued tone and limited range of colour of Studd's landscapes were greatly influenced by those of Whistler. Studd, a serious collector of paintings bequeathed three paintings by Whistler to the National Gallery which were ultimately transferred to the Tate Gallery. The National Gallery, London also benefited from his largesse in the acquisition of an important paintings by Pierre-Cécile PUVIS de CHAVANNES including “Death and the Maidens” Studd held a solo exhibition of his work was held at the Alpine Club Gallery, 1911. His work is in the collection of the collections of the Hunterian, Glasgow and York City Art Gallery.

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