TAYLOR, Leonard Campbell

1874 - 1969

Leonard Campbell Taylor

Born at Oxford on 12 December 1874, son of James Taylor, organist at New College, Oxford, and his wife Eliza A.. In 1881 Leonard was a 6 year old scholar living at Threlfall, Oxford St Giles, Oxfordshire with his parents, 47 year old James and 41 year old Eliza A. and five siblings, Leila C. 13, May C. 10, Stewart C. 8, Reginald C. 2 and newly born Colin C., the C in each case is for Campbell. Educated at the Dragon School, a preparatory school at Oxford and at Boyne House, Cheltenham and then studied at Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, the Royal Academy Schools from 29 January 1895 until January 1900 before moving on to the St John's Wood Art School, London in 1905. During the First World War, an official war artist serving with the Surrey Volunteer Regiment 1916-1917 and in 1918 became a lieutenant with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve and in 1919 painted 'Herculaneum Dock', a depiction of ships in dazzle camouflage at Liverpool's docks, rendered in accurate detail. A painter who exhibited at the Royal Academy from the late 1890's, being elected an Associate on 27 April 1922 and a Member on 10 November 1931, and in 1907 painted 'The Rehearsal' which is now in the Tate Gallery. His pictures are highly finished interiors with figures, often with a period flavour and has also painted portraits including Queen Mary and still life. His works are held by many public bodies and he has exhibited widely. He married at Hartley Wintney, Hampshire in 1920, Katherine Elizabeth Craig, and they had two daughters. They lived at Eastgate Hall, Felsham, Suffolk for a considerble time but he died at Cambridge on 1 July 1969.

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