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Académie Delécluse was founded by the French painter Auguste Joseph Delécluse (1855-1928) around 1884-1888. First established in a basement with few students, word of mouth spread among the students, and to accommodate more of them, the establishment moved several times before establishing a permanent location at 84, rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs in Montparnasse. Men and women were trained separately with two studios for the women and one for the men which was popular among English and American women artists. It was one of the four best-known ateliers in Paris but its influence and ability to attract talented students waned in the early years of the 20th century. Its Suffolk Artist pupils include William Oliphant Hutchison, Rose Mead and Cedric Morris.