Herbert Draper was a painter of historical and imaginative subjects and portraits of his contemporaries. Born in London. Studied art at St John’s Wood School of Art and in 1884 gained admission to the RA Schools.
In 1887 Herbert Draper was awarded a prize of £40 for a design for a wall decoration. He also gained the Landseer Scholarship for two years at £40 p.a. Travelled at that time in Spain, Morocco, Italy, France, Holland and Belgium.
Herbert Draper worked in Paris at the Académie Julian in 1891 and took a studio for the winter 1891-92 at Rome. He returned home and established a studio in Kensington.
Herbert Draper exhibited at the RA from 1887. Achieved his first public success with ‘The Sea Maiden’ exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1894, and became a very popular painter of his day.
A retrospective exhibition was held in 1913 at the Leicester Galleries. Died in London on 22nd September 1920.
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