JOHN BAGNOLD BURGESS

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Born in Chelsea, London, Burgess came from an artistic heritage: his grandfathe, great-grandfather, and uncles were all artists. When his father died in 1844 he was taught to draw by a family friend, Sir William Charles Ross RA. He studied at the James Matthew Leigh's School of Art and the Royal Academy. He first exhibited at the Academy in 1850. However he is most renowed for his paintings of Spanish and Moroccan genre to which he turned in 1870, and were well received in London, leading to his election as an Academician in 1877. He died in 1897 as a result of a heart condition present throughout his life at his home in London. The National Portrait Gallery, London, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Aberdeen Art Gallery, and the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth all hold fine examples of his work.

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