The Slade School of Art was founded in 1871 with money left by Felix Slade, a wealthy art collector from Yorkshire. The first professor of art at the Slade was Edward Poynter who favoured the French academic system. Teaching methods under Poynter tended to concentrate on drawing and painting from the living model, the development of critical intelligence and an understanding of art history.
When Edward Poynter was replaced by Alphonse Legros in 1876, students were mainly taught by demonstration. Under Frederick Brown (1892-1917) and Henry Tonks (1917-30) the Slade School of Art produced some of its most eminent artists including Augustus John, Gwen John, William Orpen, Mark Gertler, Stanley Spencer, Wyndham Lewis, Charles Nevinson and David Bomberg.
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